TURQUOISE TORTOISE GALLERY CELEBRATES
1st Friday Gallery Tour
"The Past as Presents: Vintage Native American Jewelry"
Opening Reception Friday, February 6, 2015, 5-8 PM
Hard-to-find, all-natural coral 1940s necklace & earrings set, sterling silver earrings and sterling silver & Pilot Mountain turquoise cuff.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, Sedona’s Turquoise Tortoise Gallery offers an interesting alternative for gift-giving opportunities. Amid the gallery’s extensive jewelry selection, a unique Vintage collection brings small treasures of history into the present day, honoring styles that are timeless and giving collectors the opportunity to enjoy wearing vintage jewelry that has only grown better with age – or to give such pieces as gifts to a special loved one.
Dating from the 1940s to the 1970s, these necklaces, cuffs, bolo ties, earrings, concho belts and more are primarily, though not exclusively, by Navajo jewelry makers. Traditional sterling silver stamp work appears in cuffs and a unique large-bead silver necklace; blue turquoise from Arizona’s Kingman and Sleeping Beauty mines and Nevada’s Pilot Mountain mine as well as green turquoise from Nevada’s Royston mine appear inset into earrings and cuffs and as beaded necklaces.
A unique necklace & earrings set are of hard-to-find, all-natural coral beads circa the 1940s, its tightly string-wrapped traditional necklace-back marking this 8-strand 26” long necklace as Navajo, and a sweet pair of delicate dragonfly earrings offer wings of spiny oyster shell and a tiny inlay sun face which marks this jewelry as most likely Zuni in origin. Stop in on 1st Friday to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for a loved one or to give yourself a mid-winter treat - and breathe new life into these enchanting vintage jewelry pieces.
Exhibition through February 15.
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|An assortment of vintage cuffs of sterling silver and turquoise (Pilot Mountain and Kingman).