1950s turquoise & gypsum thunderbird necklace

1950s turquoise & gypsum thunderbird necklace

Item No. 80674
$695.00


After the 1930s, Cerillos turquoise became increasingly rare which forced artisans of the Santo Domingo Pueblo to be creative in order to meet the growing demand for their finely crafted jewelry. In this necklace, the artisan used a variety of materials—from pump-drilled gypsum heishi beads to salvaged pieces of red and black plastic to the highly prized Cerillos turquoise. An inlaid thunderbird pendant is a traditional symbol representing strength, power and protection. Knotted closure. Handmade in USA. One of a kind. Pendant measures 1-1/4"W x 2"L. 30"L. Internet Exclusive.
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After the 1930s, Cerillos turquoise became increasingly rare which forced artisans of the Santo Domingo Pueblo to be creative in order to meet the growing demand for their finely crafted jewelry. In this necklace, the artisan used a variety of materials—from pump-drilled gypsum heishi beads to salvaged pieces of red and black plastic to the highly prized Cerillos turquoise. An inlaid thunderbird pendant is a traditional symbol representing strength, power and protection. Knotted closure. Handmade in USA. One of a kind. Pendant measures 1-1/4"W x 2"L. 30"L.

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