Screw Back Earrings

According to Warman’s Antique Jewelry, screw back earrings date from 1909 and although still used, they are not common on new pieces.

 

Screw Back Earrings

Vintage Sterling Silver and Turquoise Screw Back Earrings

Paula

Native American Ring and Earring Special from now until Valentine’s Day

From now until St. Valentine’s Day, February 14, take advantage of “Paula’s Heart Special”.

Buy any two rings and get a third ring of your choice for free !!

Buy any two pair of earrings and get a third pair for free !!

The free ring or earrings need to be of equal or lesser value than the lowest price item you purchase. For example, if you purchase a $100 ring and and $80 ring, you can have a ring of your choice worth $80 or less for free !!

Here’s how to take advantage of this special offer.

Browse rings in three places: our New Native American rings, our Native American Pawn Shop rings and our Bargain Barn Rings.

Decide which 3 rings you want and place the two highest priced rings in the cart. Don’t add the ring you want for free to the cart. Instead, as you are checking out, in the note section of the order, enter “Paula’s Special” with the item number of the ring you want for free.

By the way, if you are looking at a ring or earring lot, that will count as one item whether your are buying or claiming your free item.

Only rings that have an order button on their page are eligible. If an item says SOLD, it is no longer available.

Here are the 3 ring sections to browse in:

New Native American Rings

New Native American Rings

Native American Pawn Rings

Native American Pawn Rings

Bargain Barn Rings

Bargain Barn Rings

Similarly, you can buy two pair of earrings and choose one pair for free. Single ear cuffs count as one pair whether you are purchasing or requesting for free. Here are the three earrings sections.

New Native American Earrings

New Native American Earrings

Native American Pawn Earrings

Native American Pawn Earrings

Bargain Barn Earrings

Bargain Barn Earrings

Feel free to mix and match between rings and earrings.

I think that’s about it. If you have any questions, be sure to ask ! I answer promptly.

Paula

Ear Cuffs and other Stuff……..any ideas?

Hi Paula,

I have a piece if jewelry that I am not even sure of what it is. I know they are to wear on the ears and I call them cuffs, but they are not exactly cuffs. The mark inside if very hard to read for me. I will attach photos and see if you can make it out. I can see Sterling and then 2 indiscernible words. The mark is TM and then hand etched a circle with another emblem in the circle. I slightly polished with a cloth trying to get a better view. The other pieces are just some things I have had for about 40 years. Nothing spectacular, but I would love if you could tell me anything about them. The silver band is the only one that is marked and it has a mark of LS and a stamp that looks almost like a face to me. The other pieces have no marks what so ever.

Thank you for any info you can provide on the ear cuffs.

Donna

023029 lightened024HI Donna,

I don’t wear earrings so I might be way off on this but my take is that these are either post or wire hoop-style earrings that have lost their posts or wires !  They look like earrings I have seen made in Mexico. Again, I could be all wet on this and I invite readers of this blog to chime in.

I can’t really read the hallmarks even when I Iightened the photo.

As far as your other items, the big turquoise ring, the ring next to the “ear cuffs” and the coral earrings seem to be in the style of Native American made items but it is hard to tell from the group photo.  The coral earrings are squash blossom style since they have the 3 petal squash blossom embellishment at the bottom as you see on the necklaces such as this.

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Perhaps your earrings were part of a necklace set in the past.

The little ring between the big turquoise ring and what you are calling “ear cuffs” could be a Bell Trading Co. ring. It looks the style. Read about Bell Trading Co. here.

Here is an example of the type of ring from that company

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It is possible that your other items are Native American made or they could just be southwestern style jewelry. It is hard to tell from the photo.

I invite comments !!

Paula

Repurposing Vintage Native American Clip Earrings – A Pendant Waiting to Happen

Clip earrings. They are a thing of the past ………. or are they? More and more we are seeing clip earrings in retro fashion photos.

And with repurposing being all the rage……..many of these little beauties can have second, third and fourth lives !!

Today I got playing around with all the clip earrings we got in an estate lot.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJust with the one omega necklace that I wore to work today, I came up with some really cool combinations.

Singles as pendants

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADoubles – Two of the same kind

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADoubles flanking the Merle House inlay pendant I wore to work today. Wow ! Radical.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd multi-mixtures.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are a couple of very neat things about this repurposing:

First of all, in the case of these vintage, New Old Stock sterling silver earrings, many are hallmarked and made very well.

Next, they are inexpensive. You get two “pendants” for a fraction of the cost of one.

Because you get two, you can use two in mix and match creations.

You can lose one and not cry because you will still have one pendant.

You can keep one and give one to your best friend.

You can wear one as a pendant and clip the other to your shirt collar, your jeans pocket or cuff.

Of course there are many other things to do with these nuggets of history. Several bloggers, much more crafty that I, have provided some ideas that require tools and glue, not for me, but here you go ! Paula

10 Reasons to Collect Clip on Earrings

Clipping on Some Style Around the House

Native American Symbol – Feather

Feather as a native american symbol

Native American Symbol – The Feather

Feathers are an important part of Native American symbolism. They are used in many ways:

  • Costumes
  • Hair Ties
  • Headdresses
  • Door Blessings
  • Kachinas
  • Medicine Bags
  • Silver Jewelry
  • Shields
  • Dreamcatchers
  • Smudge Fans
Lakota Feather Hair Tie

Lakota Feather Hair Tie

Because it is illegal to use feathers from certain birds (more on this in another post), Native American artists use white feathers, usually turkey, and hand paint them to look like eagle or hawk or owl feathers. Eagle feathers are a symbol of honor.

This is a hand painted turkey feather in the style of an eagle feather; soft, tan deerskin laces; glass crow bead, solid brass beads and trade cloth; great for hair tie, horse decoration, auto mirror, ceremonial or craft work. Feather is 11 inches long from tip to wrap attachment.

Oglala Lakota Macaw Feather Hair Ties

Oglala Lakota Macaw Feather Hair Ties

Moonwalker, a member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, makes smudge fans and carves a feather in the fringe of her medicine bags. From Moonwalker:

Prayer Feathers

Native Americans believed prayers and messages were carried to the Great Spirit on the wings of eagles and other fine birds.

Prayer feathers, either single or bundled are used by an individual to offer a prayer to the Great Spirit. The feathers carry your words, thoughts and feelings to the Great Spirit. Each time you look at your prayer feather, your prayers are again sent in your behalf to the Great Spirit in the Heavens.

Prayer feathers may be used for smudging or cleansing with smoke. The smoke is fanned in the 6 directions East, West, North, South, Earth and Sky cleansing an object, person or thought to the Great Spirit. Sage, cedar, sweet grass, even incense can be used for smudging.

Some personal rituals include singing while praying. It is believed singing is one way to speak with the grandfathers as well as the Great Spirit.

WIPACI (Thank you) Moonwalker

Moonwalker Prayer Whisper Medicine Bag

Moonwalker Prayer Whisper Medicine Bag

Native American Smudge Kit

Native American Smudge Kit

A smudge kit usually contains:

  • Feather
  • White Sage and/or Cedar
  • Sweet Grass in a braided stick
  • Bowl, often an Abalone Shell
  • Medicine Bag or Box to contain the kit.
Oglala Lakota Smudge Fan

Oglala Lakota Smudge Fan

Oglala Lakota Smudge Box and Fan

Oglala Lakota Smudge Box and Fan

Door Blessing

The Door Blessing has several symbols, one of which is the feathers:

  • The Medicine Stick brings positive energy.
  • The red, yellow, white and black ribbons represent the Four Directions from which all strength comes.
  • The feather represents Freedom.
  • Thoughts, Prayers, and Choices are represented by the bead circle which shows us that our thoughts return to us again and again.
  • Turquoise protects us and keeps us Positive in thought.
  • The rabbit fur is to help us keep a warm heart.
  • The fur reminds us that Mother Earth is the Giver of Life and we should walk softly.
  • The Sage Medicine Stick exists that we might all live in Love and Oneness.

Door Blessings are ideal for hanging on the door of your home, your room, your office, your tack room, anywhere you want positive light and good fortune.

Native American Door Blessing

Native American Door Blessing

Apache Sunface Kachina Shield

Apache Sunface Kachina Shield

Apache Eagle Spirit Dreamcatcher

Apache Eagle Spirit Dreamcatcher

Navajo Sterling Silver Turquoise and Coral Pendant by Lester Craig

Navajo Sterling Silver Turquoise and Coral Pendant by Lester Craig

Navajo Sterling Silver and Turquoise Dreamcatcher Earrings

Navajo Sterling Silver and Turquoise Dreamcatcher Earrings

Navajo Sterling Silver and 14K Gold Feather Bracelet

Navajo Sterling Silver and 14K Gold Feather Bracelet

Hand carved and painted bone feather earrings

Hand carved and painted bone feather earrings

Hand carved and painted Navajo Kachinas with feather headresses

Hand carved and painted Navajo Kachinas with feather headresses

Cynthia Whitehawk Apache Eagle Spirit Medicine Bag

Cynthia Whitehawk Apache Eagle Spirit Medicine Bag

Native American Symbol – Man in the Maze

Man in the Maze

Stanley Gene  Navajo Sterling Silver Belt Buckle

The figure known as the “Man in the Maze,” depicts a man entering or exiting a labyrinth. It is a theme seen on baskets from as far back as the nineteenth century and in Hopi silver art. Such depictions of labyrinths are also found in ancient petroglyphs (Native American rock art).

The symbol can represent a person’s journey through life. The maze contains many twists and turns, meant to represent choices made in life. The center is round and dark, so the journey can be from darkness to light or vice versa depending on which way you are headed!

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Some interpret the center as a representation of a person’s dreams and goals. When you reach the center, you have reached your goals and the sun god there blesses you and helps you pass into the next world.

Another interpretation of this symbol is that the man represents the human seed and the maze is the womb. As the man enters the maze, he creates new life which represents reincarnation or eternal life.

Hopi Man in the Maze items range from bracelets to belt buckles to earrings and more. They are characterized by a cutout overlay of the pattern with a dark oxidized background that traditionally is textured with hashmarks.

Navajo artists make Hopi style overlay pieces with the main difference being that the background is oxidized but not texturized.

Man in the Maze Navajo pendant

Man in the Maze Navajo pendant

 

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