These are vintage denim lapis lazuli pierced earrings. They are Native American made.
The lapis is surrounded by a rope like sterling detail.
CONDITION: Very fine pre-owned condition. Very light patina. The lapis looks perfect.
SIZE: 1" high by 3/4" wide.
MARKS / SIGNATURES: STERLING & NAKAI are stamped on the inside.
The Nakai hallmark always indicates the very best in Navajo Indian craftsmanship,
while using the highest quality stones and sterling silver finish work.
ATTRIBUTION: This mark has been attributed many many times to Gilo or Grace Nakai.
BUT confusion reigns here. There is a team, Gilo & Grace Nakai, that use this mark.
*** HOWEVER*** there is also Nakai Indian Jewelry of Santa Fe that has used this mark for many years too,
and they feature award winning designs from many Native American artisans.
Without confirmation from the artist, I do not see how anybody can be 100% sure on the silversmith.
I am puzzled why 2 different teams would use the same markings.
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SALE --- Vintage NAKAI Denim Lapis Lazuli Pierced Earrings - Navajo Native American Sterling Silver and Lapis Earrings
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