This 1970s two-strand Native American Indian necklace is made with coral beads that are uniform yet natural and interspersed are turquoise beads. The pendant is a hand-stamped sterling silver cross, primitive and simple, with an orange spiny oyster center. The pendant was added to the necklace by the artist who made this, and with the stamp of the M on the pendant. Research indicates that this is a Mary Morgan piece. If you look up biographies about Morgan, usually the first thing you'll learn is that she is the sister of renowned Harry Morgan. Yet Mary is also renowned, having made jewelry for famed trading posts such as Zuni-based C.J. Wallace, and Gallup-based Tobe Turpin. I've seen pieces wrongly attributed to Mary Morgan; her hallmark was an serif M, and I bought several pieces that directly came from the old trading posts for which she produced her jewelry. (She still produces today for Perry Null, which is the continuation of Tobe Turpin in Gallup; she is in her 90s.) This piece came to me from the estate of another piece by Morgan, and the owner said that she used to buy from someone who was from a trading post. I have to believe that the trading post was Tobe Turpin's. What is unusual about the necklace is that the cross almost seems to not match the necklace, as the latter is coral while the cross is spiny oyster. The necklace beads are more red while the cross is more orange. Yet the combination of the two is reminiscent of old coral pieces from the past with crosses added, very old style and nostalgic. This necklace and pendant overall are not heavy--26g total weight--yet they have great presence. And given the challenge today in finding old coral, the value truly comes from the two strands of beads.
The necklace measures 22-1/2" long tip to tip with the smaller strand nested and therefore slightly shorter. The pendant is 1-1/4" wide by 2-1/2" long.
Unusual coral necklace by an amazing artist.
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