It's a great old Native American necklace, made by what may be two tribes of artisans.
The pendant is a simple Modernist bird carved into sterling silver and inlaid with strips of genuine turquoise. It looks like the work of Hopi.
The necklace chain features two kinds of sterling beads...rounded tube beads and saucer shaped disks. The tube beads definitely appear to be bench beads, hand hammered with subtle crafting nuances. The disks are a bit more uniform so may have been machine made. We've seen this style of two-bead chain identified as 'Navajo'. The disk beads are about 1/2 inch wide.
The necklace measures 25 inches around. The pendant is 2 by 2 inches. The necklace weighs 54.2 grams.
The back of the pendant is hand-signed ENLIZ + TT. We've been unable to find this exact hallmark.
We acid-tested each part of the necklace...both beads and the pendant. They all come up strong sterling silver.
This necklace came from an estate of senior travelers who made many trips to Western Reservations.
Minimal age-related wear. Overall in excellent vintage condition.
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Navajo HOPI Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace Bird and Beads
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