Vintage pendant necklace carries a Native American style with a 2" Thunderbird pendant with faux turquoise teardrop stone in the center. It hangs from a 20" textured chain. This pendant is old and the chain is newer. Pendant does have an unusual mark on the back seen only with magnification - swirl. Don't know if it is part of the design or maybe a hallmark ?? Very nice piece !
FAQ: The Thunderbird is a mythological bird believed by the early Native American culture to symbolize power and strength. See more fascinating information at Thunderbird !
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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