This sterling silver pendant features a gorgeous cabochon of blue green Morenci turquoise in a shadowbox setting. Shadowbox is a technique used by Navajo to showcase a beautiful element in jewelry. A cutout top layer is domed and soldered to a solid bottom layer, and the open and hollow interior is often oxidized--that is, made dark both with chemicals at the time but also naturally through the passage OF time--creating a shadowbox frame, not unlike the kind used for special objects that would hang on a wall. In this case, of course, the piece of art is for your body! One can see by looking at the turquoise cabochon exactly why the silversmith decided to use the shadowbox technique--like many pieces to which I'm drawn, the turquoise is stunning, in part due to the change of color from exposure to oils in the skin. It is blue moving into green with bits of pyrite and mother stone, which is the hallmark of turquoise from the Morenci mine in Arizona. The shadowbox pendant is unsigned, which many pieces from the 60s to early 70s were not (and that is the era from which we believe this pendant hails) and so we can't say with certainty that it's Native American. However, we believe it is Navajo. The pendant is being offered without a chain, but if you are interested in the chain pictured, please convo for price.
The pendant measures 2-1/8" tall by 1-7/16" wide at the widest point. The turquoise cab is 3/4" tall by 7/16" wide. There are some small scratches on the silver, especially the back, from age, but the turquoise cabochon is well seated in sawtooth bezel and in great vintage condition.
Beautiful Old Pawn.
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