Three Strand Turquoise Bird Fetish Necklace

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Necklaces
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Turquoise, Sterling Silver
  • Size: 26” Length
  • Item # C4072J
  • Price: $750.00

Simple hook mechanism for securing this necklace.

In the 1960s and 1970s when Zuni fetish necklaces became very popular, several traders employed Diné from the Navajo Nation to carve fetishes to help meet the demand for the necklaces. At one time trader Tobe Turpin had a trailer in Gallup where up to twenty artisans were carving fetishes. Most of these were Navajo. The key identifier for these Diné carvers was the spread-wing eagle suspended at the bottom.

Three strands of hand carved birds strung between turquoise heishi comprise this necklace. The turquoise has a sky blue hue and each bird has been carved with care. The spread-wing eagle at the bottom of the necklace identifies it as non-Zuni. The three strands are held together with stamped sterling silver cones.


Condition: The Three Strand Turquoise Bird Fetish Necklace is in excellent condition.

Provenance: From a Colorado Southwest Indian Jewelry collector

Recommended Reading: A Good Trade: Three Generations of Life and Trading Around the Indian Capital Gallup, New Mexico by John Kennedy

Note: when we say Diné, as opposed to Navaho or Navajo, we are referring to the people and not the government.  Since 1969, their government refers to itself as the Navajo Nation.  

Relative Links: Zuni PuebloNecklacesDiné from the Navajo NationSouthwest Indian Jewelry

Close up view of the necklace and Eagle.

Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Necklaces
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Turquoise, Sterling Silver
  • Size: 26” Length
  • Item # C4072J
  • Price: $750.00

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