Squash Blossom Necklace with Hearts

Hi Paula,

I have a squash blossom necklace made with hearts. I have searched your blog and the internet and have not found this shape. Can you help me determine if this is in fact a rare-type shape? Also, can you help me determine the type of turquoise? And, my clasp is broken, do regular jewelers repair the clasps, and the way they repair, does it make a difference or lessen the value? Like soldering vs. wiring vs.gluing?

Thank you,
Catherine
20140709_143636 20140709_143651Hi Catherine,
I would interpret the design element as clouds rather than hearts.
Possibly this could be King’s Manassa turquoise but it is hard to say for certain.
As far as repairs, I would recommend that you have any repairs done by an experienced, knowledgeable jeweler that as worked on vintage Native American jewelry so that the repair would be consistent with the original piece.
We don’t do repairs here but we recommend this business for Native American jewelry repairs. They do all of the repairs for our store and we are thoroughly satisfied with their work.
Repair Contact:
Diane Radeke
Old Town Trading Co. / Jewels of the West
4009 N. Brown Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ  85251
480-970-8065
info@oldtowntradingco.com
Paula
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Vintage Navajo – Sterling Silver and Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace

Tips on Choosing Mens Watch Tips Please !

Good afternoon Paula.  I’ve been looking for a nice set of tips for my Invicta watch (which is a bit glunky, but not obnoxious like some of the new watches out today):

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The case is 1 ½ inches wide at its widest point, and the band size is 18mm.

Until I saw these turquoise tips, I had my heart set on solid silver with a nice pattern.

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Arlene Yazzie – Navajo Sterling Silver and Turquoise Inlay Mens Watch Tips

2 questions…

1) those tips are so clean and bright, I think they would look “wrong” against the stainless case…thoughts?

2)  is the bandwidth/lug distance important for fit and “look”?

John

Hi John,

Thanks for your interest in our Native American watch tips.

Whether you choose all sterling silver tips or tips with turquoise or other stones is up to you. We do not advise on fashion.

That said, a brushed or satin sterling silver would more closely match the finish of your stainless steel watch, like these by Calvin Peterson:

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Calvin Peterson Navajo Sterling Silver Mens Bear Paw Watch

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Calvin Peterson Navajo Sterling Silver Mens Kokopelli Watch

The spacing between the lugs should be at least 1mm more that the width of the tips where they attach to the watch. That makes for a neat fit without a lot of sliding around and still leaves enough room to remove the pins should you want to.

The watch tips mentioned above and the turquoise ones you like all measure 17mm at the attachment, so they should work fine with your watch (this is a fairly standard size for men’s watch tips).

Paula

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Elaine Sam – Navajo Sterling Silver Bear Claw Turquoise Watch Tips

 

Little info in Canada on Hopi hallmarks – can you help?

June 26. 2014

Hi Paula.  I hope you can help me.  I have spent hours and hours and hours trying to identify some Hopi jewellery that i bought in the 70’s. I live in Canada, and there is little help up here  identifying  South West Jewellery.  I have two silver overlay Hopi  pins, both with the same ‘signature’ on the back.  The signature is sort of like a ‘W’ .  I have searched available sites on line that list signatures, but have not found anything.  I also tried searching the images of pieces that seemed similar, and I came up with a definite similarity to a pin/pendant by Victor Coochwytewa (I should be so lucky!)

Could your recommend someone who might be able to help me with signed pottery?  I have small items by Marie G. Romero from Jemez, Gloria Gachupin from the Zia Pueblo, and a beautiful pot by Rondina Huma, Tewa.
Thank you for any help.
elain genser

Hopi kachina hallmark Hopi kachina pin (2) hopi kachina pin Hopi RoadRunner Roadrunner markHi Elain,

Thank you for your patience. As you can see, due to the volume of questions we receive, it takes about a month for a question to work its way to the top of the queue.

I know nothing about pottery, so perhaps another reader might reply to that.

Elain, you also sent photos of a bracelet. If you want to resubmit that as a separate question like you did with this pin question, I’ll put it in the queue.

Now to the hallmark on these wonderful collectible Hopi pins.

The W hallmark is actually that of a lightning bolt with two arrowheads, one on each end. There is a bit of patina there occluding the hallmark. That hallmark is of McBride Lomayestewa, a Hopi artist of the Snow Clan from the village of Shungopavi who was born in 1932.  He began work in 1956 and died in 2002.

He learned his craft at the Hopi Guild. He is brother of Mark and Clarence.

Now that you know the artist’s name you can do a search and learn more about him and see other examples of his work.

Enjoy your treasures !

Paula

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How to Find Your Spirit Animal – Do the Internet Quizzes Work?

Every week we receive queries from customers and readers asking how to find their personal animal spirit.

No one can tell you what your spirit animal is – you will know. The animal will find you or you will find the animal. You will know.

Among other things, you can soul-search, meditate, go on a vision quest, walk in nature or a zoo or browse the fetishes in our store to help you find an animal you are drawn to.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe’ve been asked if the online quizzes will help you find your animal spirit.  To answer that, I will be the guinea pig (no, that’s not my animal spirit !) and test 9 of the more popular quizzes.

But first for a baseline, here are the animals that are aligned with me.

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Horse – I’ve spent a lifetime with them

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Buffalo and Owl – my mother’s animal spirits

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Buffalo and Owl – my mother’s animal spirits

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Eagle – my father’s animal spirit

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Wolf – an animal spirit that aligned with me about ten years ago

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Bear – my husband’s animal spirit

Now to the quizzes and their results. Some quizzes on line were so bad, I didn’t even include them. Here are the 9 that I tested.

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My Results – The Wolf

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You are typically a more nighttime-ish person, you are very intellectual and skilled in sports and other out door activities. You have a lot of friends but you sometimes are misunderstood, and feel as if no one really understands how you are and how you feel.

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BUZZFEED ANIMAL SOUL MATE

My results

What Is Your Animal Soulmate?

You got: A cute owl

Your animal soulmate is a cute owl.

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BUZZ FEED – ANIMAL YOU WERE BORN TO BE

My results

What Is Your Spirit Animal?

A three-toed tree sloth hangs from the trunk of a tree in the jungle on the bank of the Panama CanalYou got: The Sloth

You’re as cool as a cucumber, and you love to go with the flow. Your favorite activities include eating, sleeping, and eating again. Your rap name is Sir Naps-a-Lot.

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The Gabby Wild Foundation – What’s Your Spirit Animal?

My results

You are the Snow Leopard!

FC350-lion-jet-begay-1Like the snow leopard, people believe that you are extraordinarily fierce. While you certainly give a certain bite and are not afraid to defend what is rightfully yours, you don’t always “roar”. In fact, the snow leopard is unable to roar. You keep yourself well-protected, as does the snow leopard. They have large paws that are completed covered in fur to keep them warm and act like snowshoes.

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SPIRIT ANIMALS AND ANIMAL TOTEMS

My Result

Your spirit animal is the Owl

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Characteristics: Intuition, ability to see what other do not see, announcer of change, wisdom

Spirit Animal Profile: The owl spirit animal is emblematic of a deep connection with wisdom and intuitive knowledge. If you have the owl as totem or power animal, you’re likely to have the ability to see what’s usually hidden to most. When the spirit of the animal guides you, you can the true reality and see beyond illusion and deceit.

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FIND YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL

You are a Wolverine!

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Powers: Fighting ability—strength, speed, and toughness

Nobody messes with Wolverines. You’re fearless, assertive (okay, aggressive), and tenacious. You might be a Marine, or a middle linebacker. You’re the best at whatever you choose to do, because you give yourself no alternative.

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QUIZ SOCIAL – WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?

What Is Your Spirit Animal?

You got: The Buffalo
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The Buffalo once roamed across all of North America, and represents the sacredness of nature. Like the Buffalo, you have a wandering spirit and a deep appreciation for the blessings of the Earth. You will go far and see many wondrous things.

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ALL THE TESTS – WHAT SPIRIT ANIMAL ARE YOU?

My results

You are a Scottish Wild Cat!

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 HELLO QUIZZY – WHAT IS YOUR ANIMAL SPIRIT

This test requires you register with an e-mail.

Your result for The What is Your Spirit Animal Test

The Grizzly Bear

Here’s your results! Your spirit animal has a Nobility ranking of 14 out of 18.

FB525-pm-laiwakete-1Your spirit animal is the Grizzly Bear. No other spirit animal matches it’s size and strength. This creature is among the noblest and most respectable, and you are truly fortunate. It is both fearsome and awesome to behold. It will serve you well, and shows that you have a deeper understanding than most. It is quite rare indeed to have a Grizzly as a spirit animal!***Wondering how this animal was chosen for you? These questions were carefully thought out to see how important you hold certain virtues such as: humanism, self-knowledge, rationalism, the love of freedom and other somewhat Hellenic ideals. Some of the questions were very subtle. Your score was then matched with an animal of corresponding nobility.

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PAULA’S CONCLUSION

The tests were interesting, some even fun. Of the nine tests I took, here is the summary of the results:

1 wolf (my wolf animal spirit)

1 bear (my husband’s animal spirit)

2 owls and 1 buffalo (my mother’s animal spirits)

And then there were

2 felines

1 wolverine

1 sloth

So I’d call the online quizzes hit and miss.  I doubt that anyone that knows me would associate me with a sloth yet most of the others were on target or at least in the ballpark.

Paula

More info please on my Number Eight Leonard Jim piece

June 13, 2014
Hi Paula, thanks so much for your informative website and blog.  over the years i have collected a lot of native american jewelry and unfortunately i lost most of the details of each piece.  i am still looking for the excel spreadsheet i used to track the details but so far can’t find it.
about 25 years ago in Jackson, WY i purchased a turquoise pendant with the hallmark “Leonard Jim”.  i think the turquoise is Number Eight.
my question is
what is the biography of the Navajo artist Leonard Jim?
what type of turquoise is in my pendant?  how can i find out?
thanks, Jana
DSCN0561 DSCN0562Hi Jana,
Thank you for your patience. As you can see, due to the volume of questions we receive, it takes about a month for a question to work its way to the top of the queue.
Leonard Jim is a contemporary Navajo artist who is noted for mosaic, channel inlay, silver overlay, stamp work, applique jewelry and buffalo dance rattles. His favorite designs include the kokopelli, horse, pictorial and storyteller. He lives in Gallup, New Mexico. He signs his pieces with his full name as on your beautiful pendant and also as LJ.
As far as what type of turquoise? Number Eight (also #8) refers to the name of a turquoise mine near Carlin, Nevada.  You’ll see it in the top row of this map.
turquoise-mines-map-2-800wStones from that mine are typically exceptional spiderweb turquoise with the matrix ranging from golden brown to almost black, but a deep golden webbing is most characteristic. Yours certainly looks like it could be #8.
Paula
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Sterling Silver Navajo Sandcast Bracelet by Harrison Bitsui with a Number Eight Turquoise Cabochon

Is this pendant marked “HOPI HAND MADE” a fake?

Hello Paula

I hope you can help me.  I purchased a silver beaded chain necklace (1 long bead, 2 round beads) and what looks like a thunderhead pendant an online auction today — and will pick up tomorrow…

I am trying to research the mark, and now am afraid that it’s a fake.

It’s marked

HAND MADE
HOPI

From the photos I can’t see any other marks on the back of the pendant and

I haven’t been able to find this mark anywhere on the internet, hopefully you can help me.

Thank you very much!  I really appreciate that you do this service for people.

I will wait with baited breath for the answer…
hopefully it’s good news and not bad!

Thanks

Karen

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I have never seen the hallmark

HAND MADE

HOPI

nor does it appear in any of my reference books.

Furthermore, when I look at the pendant I see at least two things that are not characteristic of Hopi work.

First the stamping around the bird’s tail – stamping is not usually seen on Hopi silver work. That would be associated more with Navajo silversmithing.

Secondly, the background that the overlay is placed on top of is smooth, not textured. Hopi under layers are usually textured.

Perhaps another reader of this blog has seen the stamping on the back before. But from my knowledge and experience, I can’t provide any information for you which authenticates it.

Paula

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Cyrus Josytewa Hopi Sterling Silver Overlay Kokopelli Man in the Maze Buckle

 

What kind of turquoise is in this Nickel Silver Bell Pendant?

Hi Paula,

I have a pendant stamped with Nickel Silver and the Bell emblem.  What I’m wondering about is the turquoise that is in it.  It has a large flat oval piece in the center which is surrounded by 10 round pieces.  The pendant is about 2″ in size.

I’ve read your list of types of turquoise to try to identify it.  It has no veining in it at all, and is a very clear, consistent color of turquoise.  In fact, it really doesn’t look like real turquoise at all to me.  How can I tell what it is?
Vicki
pendant.mason1 pendant.mason2Hi Vicki,
Taking into consideration the color and consistency and that this is a Nickel pendant, I’d say this is imitation turquoise.
Here is a nickel bracelet with faux turquoise in our pawn shop for your reference.
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Paula
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