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SILVER & STONE JEWELRY: Native American & Mexican
Biddington's is especially interested in Native American jewelry--Zuni, Navajo, Hopi and Santo Domingo. Please contact us if you have such items for sale or if you are seeking special pieces.

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Zuni Pin with Gold-lip Shell Inlay Two features make this a special example of the Zuni sun-god type of inlay work: 1) the stones are slightly convex so that the piece has a sculptural surface and 2) in the paler areas, where one usually sees white shell, this pin/pendant uses gold-lipped oyster shell.  [503680]   Price: $135

Navajo Silver "Horseshoe" Necklace The nine horseshoe-shaped najas on this silver necklace are each bezel-set with a small turquoise. The foundation of the piece is a string of 38 rather chubby (3/8" diameter) silver beads strung on a metal chain. It is presumed to be Navajo. The small turquoise have slight color variations due to age.   [503659]   Price: $245

Mexican Silver & Abalone Shell Wing Earrings  Dramatic in their upsweep, this pair of screwback earrings is made from sterling silver and abalone shell. The earring are marked: Mexico.   [503793]   Price: $30

Ballesteros Vintage Silver, Jet & Shell Pin/Pendant  Designed by the respected Taxco jewelry maker Ballesteros, the beautiful sterling silver pin/pendant combines jet and abalone shell inlay in a sleekly swirling design. It is marked: Ballesteros, Mexico.   [503792]  Price: $75

Vintage Zuni Butterfly Clip Earrings  This charming pair of inlay Zuni butterfly clip earrings includes a pretty blend of stones: turquoise, coral and shell.   [503789]  Price: $50

Pair of Zuni Inlay Tortoise Pins  This most unusual set of Zuni tortoise pins includes inlay of silver, jet and shell with actual convex shells applied to make the tortoise backs. The two pins are similar, but not identical. Please note that because of the shells, these pins are fairly high: .7" and .5". Buyer pays $5 shipping and insurance within the US.   [503788Price: $115

Zuni Bracelet with Green Turquoise  This classic Zuni 2-row bracelet is made of sterling with stamping on the sides and set with 26 green turquoise stones. The bracelet is substantial and very finely crafted. It is marked sterling. It fits a wrist of about 6.25" but is somewhat adjustable .   [503787]  Price: $255

Bezel-Set Turquoise & Silver Pierced Earrings  These handsome bezel set turquoise and silver earrings are marked 925 and also have additional, unreadable markings. Rather large for pierced earrings they wrap under in an interesting manner.   [503786]  Price: $35

SOLD. Flint Arrowhead Pendant  This pendant consists of an old flint arrowhead (it has been flaked to a fairly sharp edge) mounted with a top metal loop through which a small chain can pass.   [503784]  Price: $SOLD

Old Sandcast Navajo Silver & Turquoise Brooch  This heavy sandcast brooch includes a turquoise stone measuring .75" wide x .6" high which includes shiny mica in its matrix. The pin is certainly not later than the mid-1950's, and in fact, has a rather 1940's appearance in its form and heft. The s ilver may be coin silver rather than sterling; the brooch is not marked.   [503782]  Price: $145

SOLD. Navajo Sandcast Silver & Turquoise Necklace  This charming sandcast Navajo necklace includes two rainbow gods sheltering a cornstalk--testament to the life or death importance of rain to the peoples of the arid Southwest. Each god measures 4" long and includes hand-stamped details. The centra l cornstalk piece measures 2.5" high and is embellished with a single turquoise stone. The piece is marked "4B' and is stamped "sterling".   [503684]  Price:$SOLD.

Zuni Stone Inlay Yei Pendant Necklace  This fine Zuni channel inlay pendant includes a variety of well-set stones: 2 types of turquoise, malachite, spiny oyster, lapis & as well as a violet-colored stone. The pendant is in the shape of a Yei-god. It is stamped "sterling". This pendant i s presented on a simple 16" woven-wire collar; the ample .5" bail at the top of the pendant allows for attachment to a wider collar.  [503682]  Price: $180

Vintage Zuni Sunface Inlay Pin and Earrings  This set, acquired separately, is typical of Zuni strong graphic design. The color range, however, is not the standard one used in depicting the Sunface kachina--so it is especially interesting. The stones are channel-set with a slight raised cu rvature; the piece show some slight wear. The earrings hang from simple earwires.   [503273]  Price: $115

Zuni Cluster Bracelet  With turquoise in the fashion pages this season, this lovely, small-scale 21-stone Zuni cluster bracelet is perfect for the woman who wants the color without too much of an ethnic look. The robins-egg-blue color is luminous and springlike. The center rosette measures just over one inch in diameter. While slightly flexible, the bracelet is designed to fit a rather small (about 6.25") wrist.   [503272]  Price: $150

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