Southwest Silver Jewelry : The First Century, Hardback Book

Southwest Silver Jewelry : The First Century Hardback

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This beautiful book examines the first century of Navajo and Pueblo metal jewelry-making in the American Southwest.

Beginning in the late 1860s, the region's native peoples learned metalworking and became accomplished silversmiths.

Their work was united with a long-standing native traditon of beads and ornaments made from turquoise and other natural materials.

The cross-cultural appeal of this jewelry continued into the mid-1900s, despite competition from tourist jewelry and mass-produced imitations.

By the 1950s and 1960s, masters such as innovators Kenneth Begay and Charles Loloma created a legacy of fine art jewelry that is prized today.

This development is discussed in the context of social changes and adaptations over the century.

A values reference guide is also provided.

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