Antique Native American Sterling Silver & Turquoise Flower Pin
Beautiful handcrafted antique (c.1901-c.1922) Native American sterling silver and natural turquoise flower pin.
Measurements: 4.5 inches long
Weight: 6 grams
The brooch/pin is in very good vintage condition with patina & signs of wear to back of pin due to age.
The pin is unsigned.
History: For centuries, dating back as far as 10,000 B.C, Native American stone jewelry was created with natural resources in the Southwest region. At first, ornaments created by Paleo-Indians were animal bones, coral, shells, and stones. However, as time went on the complexity of jewelry making included using turquoise, copper, semi-precious stones, silver, and abalone. Native Americans in the Southwest region began selling silver & turquoise jewelry to tourists around 1900, but combining turquoise with silver was common among the Navajo tribe in the 1880's.
When tourism increased in the Southwest region due to the opening of the Grand Canyon, the demand of Native American turquoise jewelry also increased dramatically. Many Native American jewelry artists were blacksmiths and silversmiths who taught each other the trade. Around 1860, Navajo Native American Atsidi Sani (c.1830-c.1918) began to create with silver to create ornaments for horse gear and jewelry. Atsidi Sani taught his four sons and other Navajo Americans the silversmith trade. By the turn of the 20th century, Native Americans were not only creating jewelry ornaments for themselves, but also as commercial consumption for tourists as well.