Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Native Zuni Fetish Bear Liquid Silver Necklace

Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Native Zuni Fetish Bear Liquid Silver Necklace

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Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Native Zuni Fetish Bear Liquid Silver Necklace:

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Listing Description by: Dylan L.
The Piece
Age Circa: Vintage Native and Guaranteed
Country of Origin: United States, Zuni Nation
Brand: Unknown
Gram Weight: 2.8 Grams
Metal Type:.925Sterling Silver
Material: White String
Main Stone: Turquoise
Main Stone Measurements/Color:Measures 2 mm long by 10.6 mm wide, Opaque bright blue hue
Accent Stone: Onyx, Red Coral, and Malachite
Accent Stone Measurements/Color:The onyx measures 9 mm long by 2 mm wide, Opaque black hue; The red coral measures by 11.5 mm long 2 mm wide, Opaque bright red hue; The malachite measures 9.8 mm long by 2.4 mm long, Opaque bright green hue
Stone Treatment:The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester.
Stone Cuts: Carved and Polished Zuni Fetish
Item Measurements: The necklace has a wearable length of 16.5" and up to 0.8 mm wide. The pendant measures 0.55" long by 0.46" wide.
Closure/Clasp Type:Screw-In Clasp
Link Type: .925 Sterling Silver Heishi Beads on String
Pendant Type: --
Notable Features:
  • This gorgeous necklace features a strand of .925 sterling silver heishe beads in a liquid silver fashion.
  • The pendant is petite and features the figure of a bear which was made as a Zuni fetish of a bear.
  • The bear symbolizes power and courage in Zuni culture, which adds a lovely touch to this gorgeous piece.
Damage: Age appropriate wear.
*This listing is for the item only. All display boxes and/or photography props do not come with your purchase.*The History
This beautiful piece was made by a very talented Native American silversmith. It features handcrafted silversmith work throughout. Antique Native American jewelry is very rare to find. This is due to these pieces being made for reservation and personal use before the tourist trade became popular. Very few pieces were made and even less survived to today.
Zuni jewelry is very distinct from other Native American tribes; it most notably features gorgeous inlay designs, as well as petit point and needle point stone work. These highly detailed techniques, combined with exceptional metal work, makes the Zuni tribe one of the best-known jewelry making tribes in the world.
The Zuni Nation is well known for their stone inlay work, mosaic-like images depicting religious and cultural motifs created from materials that were readily available. Their modern work is well known for its bold stone colors; often turquoise and coral are used. It is rare for their pieces to be signed, as the Zuni People believe artwork belongs to the entire community.
The concept of Pawn, Old Pawn, and Dead Pawn Native American Jewelry came to be in the 1800s. During this time, trading posts had become commonplace for Natives to go and exchange food, tools, and other materials with Colonists at. Essentially, banks would loan the shop owners money which was then invested into loans for Native Americans in exchange for their jewelry. When a loan wasn’t repaid, the item became known as either “Old Pawn” or “Dead Pawn.”
Chip inlay is a method of filling indentations or cavities in jewelry with crushed stone, usually turquoise or red coral, mixed with some sort of resin or epoxy. After the resin hardens, the piece is polished down for a smooth surface that exhibits a beautiful, mosaic-like effect. This technique is first credited to jewelry artist, Tommy Singer, in 1970. It remains one of the most sought after styles of Native American jewelry.
Turquoise is found all over the world and has been a popular semi-precious stone used in jewelry and art for thousands of years by many different cultures; from prehistoric times to the present. Turquoise comes in many beautiful color variations; from the popular bright solid sky-blue hues to dark blue hues with dark spiderwebbing throughout, as well as aqua, teal, and many green varieties, and even some rare white with dark spiderwebbing.
Red Coral is a highly prized stone by Native American cultures and has long been used by artisans in the Southwest. Spanish traders introduced coral to the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and other tribes, and it quickly became a sign and symbol of wealth and status in many different Native American cultures. It varies in color from deep red to orange, with red being the preferred choice of Native American jewelry makers.
Malachite is a popular stone which has light and dark green opaque banded areas. Malachite is a result of weathering copper ores. Many beautiful specimens of malachite contain special combinations with other minerals, such as azurite, cuprite, or chrysocolla. Malachite was used in antiquity until about 1800 for green paints.
Onyx is a chalcedony quartz gemstone that is found all over the world. It usually has a fine texture and black color; however, some onyx also displays colored bands or ribbons against a black or brown background. Red onyx is quite rare and desirable and is also known as sardonyx. Onyx that has a deep green shade is known as Brazilian green onyx and is very rare. It became a popular stone for sculpture and jewelry in the 1920s and 1930s. The name comes from the Greek word onyx which means nail of a finger or claw. The word onyx comes from the Greek word "ὄνυξ" which can be translated as "nail of a finger or claw." In Greco-Roman myth, the goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, lay sleeping when Eros cut her fingernails and left the clippings scattered on the ground. Because no part of a heavenly body can die, the gods turned them into stone which later became known as onyx.

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