Commonly referred to as Oxy Beads, these Sterling Silver beads have a gorgeous, oxidized finish and are popular in many Southwest designs.
Twisted wire metalworking is a very old technique used by many Southwestern tribes. It can be found in both vintage and modern pieces.
Recognized as one of the most significant pieces in any collection, the Squash Blossom is a highly prized piece of jewelry. Despite carrying world-wide significance through many Native peoples, there is very documentation regarding the history of the Squash Blossom necklace.
Perhaps the most significant piece of the necklace, the Naja, can be traced back to not only many Native American cultures, but also those of the Greeks and Romans. Meaning "crescent" in Navajo, the Naja is a symbol seen in everything from jewelry to horse bridles and incorporates multiple meanings across many cultures.
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.
Lydia Begay was born on the Navajo reservation town of Jeddito, in Arizona. Lydia is from the Red Water and Edge Water Clan, and she began silversmithing in her teenage years. Her father was a silversmith, and Lydia would watch him working as a child. Later she attended some classes on the reservation as well. Lydia loves what she does, and she respects her path in life.
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