Diné Pair of Silver and Coral Pendulum Style Earrings

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Jeweler Once Known
  • Category: Earrings
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: silver, coral
  • Size:
    2-½” long x ¼” wide;
    made for pierced ears
  • Item # C4800L
  • Price: $395

This pair of silver earrings with coral settings was made by an unknown Diné silversmith. Mounted on a sheet silver strip that was precisely cut to the desired shape are three small red domed natural coral gemstones. These real coral gemstones are full of natural color and take an amazing polish. Each coral cabochon is safely secured in a silver bezel and surrounded by silver wire. The earrings are fixed for pierced ears. Covering the silver post is a single coral gemstone floating on a blackened silver background. The three coral settings on the long pendant float on blackened silver, as well. The long platform was designed to swing in pendulum motion through its connection to the silver post with handmade silver loops.

Diné of the Navajo Nation artists have long been recognized for many talents, but jewelry is one for which they are universally known. Two of the most quintessential elements in Diné jewelry are silver and turquoise, but the addition of using coral in jewelry has been a successful endeavor. The use of coral by silversmiths is a twentieth century addition to the Diné's decades of use of turquoise, but its days may be numbered as coral mining is now restricted because coral reefs have been over harvested. Additionally, global warming is destroying coral reefs.

The earrings are elegant and very well worth consideration.


Condition: excellent condition

Provenance: this Diné Pair of Silver and Coral Pendulum Style Earrings is from the collection of a client of Adobe Gallery

Recommended Reading: Navajo and Pueblo Earrings 1850-1945 - Collected by Robert V. Gallegos, by Robert Bauver

TAGS: Southwest Indian JewelryNavajo

These earrings are for pierced ears.

Jeweler Once Known
  • Category: Earrings
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: silver, coral
  • Size:
    2-½” long x ¼” wide;
    made for pierced ears
  • Item # C4800L
  • Price: $395

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