Presented here is an outstanding piece of vintage and contemporary Navajo jewelry. The pendant is a vintage piece signed by Beatty Tom using her script hallmark "Bea Tom." The word "sterling" is also stamped on the back of the pendant for precious metal content. The pendant hangs from a contemporary sterling silver bench bead necklace that measures 22 inches in length. The beads were hand made by the Navajo artists at N8tiveArts in Boulder City Nevada. The necklace is new and not original to the vintage turquoise and sterling silver pendant.
The pendant has 7 large teardrop and round shaped Turquoise cabochons from the King Manassa Mine in Manassa County Colorado. Stones from this mine are very rare as it has been closed since 1976. The stones become available to jewelers only from private reserves. Turquoise from Manassa County CO is rich in green and blue-green color. The matrix runs seamlessly throughout the stones and sometimes is an iron pirate, better known as "fools gold." The pendant measures 4 inches by 2 inches and weighs 50 grams. The artist that made it is a member of the Navajo Nation and has been an active silversmith since the 1990s. Beatty Tom is one of the most collected master silversmiths and known for using the best gemstone specimens in her pieces. Her aesthetic is individual with a nod to traditional Native American designs.
The necklace has hand made sterling silver bench beads that are strung on 0.8 mm sterling silver foxtail in a graduating design. The beads measure from 16 mm to 10 mm with a large sterling silver lobster claw clasp to secure the 22-inch long necklace when worn. The necklace weighs 42 grams. Together with the pendant, the piece weighs 92 grams.
The combination of rare Turquoise and Native Navajo jewelers makes this necklace an important addition to a Native American, Navajo artists, collection. It will be sent to you in a leatherette and satin jewelry envelope for keeping.
Navajo Manassas Turquoise and sterling silver necklace