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Four Silver and Turquoise Navajo Buttons

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Artist Unknown
  • Category: Buttons and Conchas
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: silver, turquoise
  • Size: 1” to 2”
  • Item # C4025DA
  • Price: $175.00

The Diné (Navajo Nation) developed a serious love of adornment with silver from his Mexican neighbors who, in turn, had adopted such a fascination from the Spanish. There is mention as early as 1824 of Navajo wearing ornamental buttons. Like the Mexicans, Navajo men put them on their trousers, jackets, and moccasins and, then later, put them on belts, pistol belts, gun holsters, saddles, bridles, leather pouches, straps of the pouches, and bow guards.

Women’s traditional dresses were not suitable for decorations with buttons but, after their incarceration at Bosque Redondo in the mid-1800s, they adopted the tight bodice and full skirt worn by the soldier’s wives which then allowed for decorations with silver buttons.  They added buttons to the blouse collars, across the shoulders, down the sleeves and on their moccasins.

Early buttons were small domes made by pressing a disk of silver into a rounded depression in hardwood or soft metal.  Over time, buttons were enhanced by pounding over a curved die employing repoussage, appliqué and, finally, the addition of stones.

These silver buttons were made in the mid-20th century.


Condition: these Four Silver and Turquoise Navajo Buttons are in very good condition

Provenance: from miscellaneous Southwest Indian Jewelry collections

Reference and Recommended Reading:  Indian Silver: Navajo and Pueblo Jewelers by Margery Bedinger

Artist Unknown
  • Category: Buttons and Conchas
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: silver, turquoise
  • Size: 1” to 2”
  • Item # C4025DA
  • Price: $175.00

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