Native American Sterling Silver Sand Cast Jewelry

Sterling Silver Sand Cast Jewelry

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver  naja pendant













Sand cast items are Indian Hand Made items using a procedure developed by the Navajo silversmiths in the mid 1800s. It is a labor-intensive process that involves many steps.

The sterling silver naja pendant shown above, by Navajo artists Albert and Mary Bitsui, is an example of sandcast jewelry.

Using Tuff Stone, a porous rock from volcanic ash, Tufa Stone, a porous limestone that forms near hot springs, or Sandstone, a harder stone, the artist carves the design of the item being cast. Another flat stone is placed against the carved half of the mold. The halves are fastened together and a sprue hole is carved into one end. Molten silver is poured into the mold using the sprue hole. Once the silver cools, the item is taken out and finished.

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver  Navajo bracelet











Sandcast sterling silver bracelets, like the above by Francis Begay, are poured flat and then shaped.

Due to the porous nature of Tuff or Sand Stone, sandcast items will have character marks and imperfections such as small pits. That is the nature of Sand Casting and Indian Hand Made items.

Once the casting stones have been used for several batches, they will be destroyed and a new set made.


8 thoughts on “Native American Sterling Silver Sand Cast Jewelry

  1. I decided I deserved a gift. Going through a very rough time at my job, feeling low. So, I decide, what the heck…I deserve it!

    Well, the sand cast jewelry is simply gorgeous. Everyone that sees it can’t take their eyes off of it. Very reasonably priced as well!

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  4. Anthony Lovato makes some excellent tufta jewelery. I have a Corn Watch Cuff by him that was made in 1991. It is made out of silver and has gold rain drops and ears of corn attached to it. He adorned it two stones of Lapis Luzi. I always get compliments when I wear it. One of my favorite pieces.

  5. When I was a teen in the 70’s I bought a silver ring at the store in Yosemite. It was beautiful and I loved it. I lost it on a beach. I have never forgotten it, I know my ring was sandcast. Wish I could locate another one!! Kelly

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