BC 1291 Large onyx set with Cold Chisel Stamping

$1,399.00

Handcrafted by renown Navajo artist Albert Jake. He used a unique stamping method  called ” cold chisel ” which refers to the way in which he stamps this piece. Set in solid sterling silver with genuine deep black onyx stones. This is a beautiful piece. The Navajo pearls measure 18″ and have beads that graduate from approximately 12mm to 6mm. Matching earrings measure 1″1/4 in length. Elegant and striking, this is a one of a kind set.

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LARGE BLACK ONYX PENDANT , NECKLACE AND EARRING SET


Artist: Albert Jake: was born in 1959 in the Zuni Pueblo south of Gallup, New Mexico.  He learned silversmithing from his parents. He specializes in traditional set stones and cluster jewelry with intricate stamp work. He has been smithing since 1987.  He also creates sand-paintings and makes pottery. During the summers he works as a forest fire fighter. He lives with his wife and two daughters today in Rahmah, New Mexico, near the Zuni Pueblo.


Navajo Pearls are traditionally made sterling silver beads. Silver beads are a traditional art form for Diné silversmiths, and the beads have as many expressions as there are artisans. … Making the beads is a time-consuming process. Each bead begins with silver that has to be melted, rolled and cut.

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Sterling silver

Is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925.

SILVER, for example 99.9% pure silver, is relatively soft, so silver is usually alloyed with copper to increase its hardness and strength. Sterling silver is prone to tarnishing, and elements other than copper can be used in alloys to reduce tarnishing, as well as casting porosity and fire scale.

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Oxidized silver (black coloring in the silver) is a process that many jewelers use to give sterling silver a black patina. It gives the jewelry an antique or tarnished look. The process consists of taking clean sterling silver and using a chemical (liver of Sulphur) to treat it to speed up the tarnishing effect.

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