Pendant made by Navajo Native American artist ROBERT NOREEN KELLY. It features deep rich golden honey cognac Baltic Amber, in a beautifully crafted sterling setting. The amber does have slight imperfections in it, looking a little like there are a few small chips in the top (see last photo) , but this is amber, and is clearly a stone that Kelly thought beautiful and unique. The amber glows because of the artist’s ingenious and exquisite open back feather hallmark . Just beautiful! The pendant is 2" x 1.25" wide and weighs 22.5 grams The bale is ½”long and ½” wide. The bale is signed Robert Noreen Kelly with the feather hallmark and 925. The back of the pendant has some numbers scratched in, and then buffed out, perhaps an inventory number? The sterling beaded necklace that accompanies the pendant is nice and light, weighing 21.4 grams. The beads are strung on a sterling chain. The necklace is marked Sterling with a setting sun on both ends of the hook clasp. It measures 18". If you are interested in just the pendant and not the necklace as well, please contact us for pricing.
In Native American tradition, this beautiful golden-color stone was once thought to be pieces of the Sun which had fallen to Earth. Amber is actually fossilized resin from extinct pine trees, many pieces of Amber have insects or plants encased. Amber is used by the Navajo and Pueblo Indians in their jewelry and fetish carvings (Zuni Indians). It is used either in cabochon form (as we have in this pendant), in beaded form, or as a stand-alone material used in Zuni fetish carving, depicting animals or human / corn maiden figures. Amber is not too frequently used in Native American jewelry and fetish carvings. Consequently, coming across a work in amber is a special occasion. It is rare for a work in amber to be on the market for long.
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