This is a lovely Native American style dream catcher necklace featuring 3 webs on the front dropping from an 18" liquid silver chain with lapis accents. A small feather drops from each web. " It is believed that each woven web will catch your dreams at night and any bad spirit dreams will get caught in the web and disappear. Bad dreams left in the web will be trapped by the beads (Called prayer beads) and burned up from the web. The good spirit dreams will find their way to the center of the dream catcher and float down the sacred feather. The good dreams will then rise up to the Great Spirit with the morning sun. " This description and more information can be found on several Native American websites. This is signed "sterling" several times.
The Indians of Southwest America learned silversmithing from the Mexicans. Native American jewelry combines cultural, religious and the beauty of nature to produce some of the most beautiful silver jewelry in the world. Many tribes produced jewelry and each reflected their own personal culture. Choctaw, Seneca and Iroquois were among the earliest artists and were joined by the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni in the 20th century. One of the best resouces I have found is "Silver Jewelry Identification and Value Guide" by Fred Rezazadeh and Hallmarks of the Southwest by Barton Wright. We try to be as correct as possible in identifying items, but this is a vast artistic culture and we're always learning ! Always buy Native American jewelry from a reputable dealer .
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