Navajo Amber Necklace
A unique necklace made in Amber and Sterling Silver. It is not often we see Navajo artists work with Amber.
Each of the seven "drops" are ~1'2" wide x 1-1/4" long. No two are the exact same shape.
The overall length of the necklace is a maximum of ~19-1/2", although it can be made shorter as the loops on the chain are large enough for the Sterling Silver hook to go through.
Lapidary and silversmithing is an important way of life for the Navajo people. Starting in the 19th century, a man named Atsidi Sani (1830 –1918) is credited with being the first among his people to learn the fine artistry of jewelry making. Atsidi was taught by a Mexican man named Nakai Tsosi, who also taught the craft to other Navajo members. Unlike Zuni jewelry makers, Navajo artists are a bit more traditional in their style, concentrating on using high quality stones, minimally sculpted and then set into intricate high quality fine sterling silver, as opposed to the inlay work, normally associated with Zuni artists.