Presenting a two sided pendant made in the Hopi tradition. One side has 4 bezel set Coral Cabochons ranging from 6mm to 4mm with an applied Hand totem for combat and Bear totem for courage, strength and leadership. These are completed in a smooth on textured finish. The other side has three 4mm bezel set Amethyst cabochons surrounding a larger 17mm x 13mm bezel set Lapis Lazuli cabochon and beneath is inlaid cabochon of Mother of Pearl. Accenting these are applied Silver beading on both sides. Completing the set is a very heavy 31 grams box chain of 925 Sterling Silver. . The pendant measures 3"x 1"x .365" and weighs 20.6 grams. The accompanying chain measures 18" x .2" and closes securely with a lobster claw clasp. The total weight for pendant and chain is 51.6 grams.
This vintage piece is in excellent vintage condition with no blemishes or repairs. It is visibly signed RL.M. and Sterling. The chain is hallmarked 925 on the tongue of the clasp. The gemstones were tested using a Presidium Duo gem tester and were acetone tested for color fastness. JSP testing solution was used to verify the precious metals. This item was also microscopically examined.
The totems used in this piece is most likely Hopi. Both in the way they were used in combination the hand open representing combat with a bear totem placed in the hand which was to lend the wearer courage, strength and leadership. Also the physical representation of the totems most closely match Hopi Iconology. Also, by the ways the gemstones were set and used in the pendant points toward Hopi workmanship
The totems chosen as the main theme and size of the pendant and chain make this piece most likely made for a man. Although it would look work equally well on a man or woman.
The makers mark indicates that this was completed by two artists. The first two initials LK. follow a period, then a space and the initial M. With a period. This is usually completed this way to give the first initials of both artists first names and the in last initial the artists share the same first letter in their last name. Most likely a family of craftsmen or a married couple who worked together. I was unable to find any references to that combination of initials.
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