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Old Navajo or Pueblo Turquoise Dangle Earrings With Twisted Wire

Old Navajo or Pueblo Turquoise Dangle Earrings With Twisted Wire

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These old Navajo or Pueblo turquoise dangle earrings are almost guaranteed to make you a little bit weak in the knees. 

Beautiful natural turquoise stones that have become matte over time but still matched in color are stacked one on top of the other in each earring - on top is a turquoise oval and on the bottom is a turquoise circle - it's a seemingly inconsequential design element but it draws the eye right in. Elaborate hand drawn twisted silver wire forms a beautiful open work design around the turquoise giving the illusion that the turquoise stones are just floating in space. Five stamped silver "feather" drops dangle from silver hand drawn wire and finish this spectacular pair of rare collectible (but wearable) earrings. 

The earrings date circa 1945 and measure 2 7/8" x 1" from the top of the silver hook to the bottom of the feather dangles. Please note that these have been converted to hooks for pierced ears from old screw backs.

Earrings like this are really difficult to find these days. Fortunately, a fabulous woman from New York was kind enough to part with these. She has a significant collection and decided to allow someone else to enjoy some of her beloved vintage Native American earrings.

For further reading on the subject of earrings like these, please check out Bob Bauver's book Navajo and Pueblo Earrings 1850-1945 Collected By Robert V. Gallegos. While the entire book is outstanding, you'll want to pay particular attention to Plate 41.


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