Silver and Turquoise Bird Pin Pendant by Joe H. Quintana
This silver bird pin/pendant is set with one of the finest natural Blue Gem turquoise stones that we've ever seen. We love the way that the turquoise stone forms the bird's entire head and beak. It's by Cochiti Pueblo great Joe H. Quintana - truly one of the greatest Native silversmiths of the 20th century.
It's not surprising that this rare, incredible pin/pendant was part of the private Native jewelry collection belonging to Native American scholar, dealer and collector Martha Hopkins Struever. During her lifetime, Martha Struever had access to the best of the best in Native American jewelry. She kept what she deemed the finest example of her favorite artists' work for herself. This was her Joe H. Quintana piece.
The pin/pendant measures 2 3/4" x 2 1/4". It is signed on the reverse.