Vintage earrings from the mid 20th century with a Southwest design are presented here. Each earring is a sterling silver oblong disc that measures 1 1/4 inches in length by 1 inch in width. An oval cabochon of Malachite stones, inlaid in sterling silver are sawtooth set in the center of each earring. The Malachite inlay setting measures 1 inch in length and 1/2 inch in width.
The earrings are precious metal hallmarked "sterling" for their silver content. The expert lapidary skills used to make the Malachite inlay design shows the natural shades of green in a herringbone pattern set in sterling silver. Each inlay section has a piece of Malachite stone precisely cut to fit in the pattern. The earrings do not have a makers hallmark to trace their origin but the lapidary work and design as well as the use of Malachite stone is representative of Native American jewelry styles and skills. My description of the earrings is the Mid Century Southwest style of Native American, possibly Zuni tradition.
The earrings are in good condition commiserate with their age and light use. They will be sent to you in a gift box for keeping.