BIL 339 Short strand Navajo Pearls by Rose Martin- 18″

BIL 339 Short strand Navajo Pearls by Rose Martin- 18″


These short strand Navajo Pearls are handcrafted by renown Navajo artist Rose Martin. Set in solid sterling silver with dark oxidation giving each bead dimension. It measures only 18″ with a 2″ extension. The largest saucer beads measure approximately 25 mm and taper down to 12 mm. A unique pattern of large and small saucer shaped beads are perfect for this length.


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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.

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 of 925 purity.

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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