White Buffalo & Campitos Turquoise Earrings FJE1982

Metal: Sterling Silver
Stones: White Buffalo, Campitos Turquoise
Sterling Silver earrings showcasing White Buffalo and Campitos Turquoise, also featuring classic Silver drop and twist wire designs. Handmade by Diné silversmith Carol Wylie.

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Price: $210.00

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Twisted wire metalworking is a very old technique used by many Southwestern tribes. It can be found in both vintage and modern pieces.

Seen frequently throughout Native American jewelry, Sterling Silver "raindrops" are a traditional design element. They can be smooth and high polished or they can be starlike and oxidized.  

The trade name "White Buffalo" is used to identify this beautiful, unique stone which is mined out of Tonopah, Nevada. While not technically turquoise this hard stone grows in veins and cuts like turquoise. The black chert within the stone creates beautiful patterns, more expensive pieces can have an almost web-like matrix.

Campito is derived from the Spanish word "campo" meaning "field" or "countryside". Mined in Mexico from the Pino Chueco and Cananea mines in Sonora, Campitos is a favorite for jewelry artisans. Campitos is unique in several ways. It grows in clay as free-form nuggets, rather than in veins which is typical of many North American turquoises. Its color closely resembles that of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and ranges from light to medium blue with no matrix. Occasionally you may find pyrite inclusions, which give it a little bit of sparkle.

Authentic Handmade Native American Jewelry

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