A very nice Native American style necklace featuring heishi beads in tan and ivory accented with shell carved fetishes - bear, fish, bird. This is a double strand shortest is 22" and longest adds about 3". Silvertone findings, clasp at the back with decorative typical Native American markings.
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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