Lightweight Silver Navajo Converted Blouse Button Earrings


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Two small Navajo repoussé blouse buttons have been altered to make a unique pair of hook earrings. Originally used as ornaments on a Diné blouse or shirt, these small silver buttons each have five small repoussé ovals set vertically. On the back of the earrings, an innovative artisan has repurposed the remains of the button attachments by attaching small hooks‒creating a vintage looking pair of earrings. 

Some of the first items made by Diné silversmiths for their own use, silver buttons were  widely used on both men and women’s clothing. These small earrings were once part of a special dress shirt or blouse. The inventive conversion into earrings has made it possible for these buttons to continue to bring joy to a new owner. They date from the early to mid 20th century. 

Condition: The Lightweight Silver Navajo Converted Blouse Button Earrings are in very good condition

Provenance: From the collection of a Santa Fe resident

Recommended Reading:

- Southwest Indian Silver form the Doneghy Collection by Louise Lincoln

- Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths by John Adair

Relative Links: Southwest Indian JewelryDiné - Navajo NationEarrings

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