These unique earrings handcrafted by Native American artists feature spiny oyster shell set into sterling silver with leaf designs created in the appliqué jewelry style, in which a design is cut out of silver and soldered to a base of silver. The carved pieces are surrounded by serrated sterling silver bezels, and accented by a fan-shaped sterling silver applique center piece.
This technique is was one of the first distinctly Hopi styles that developed in the decades before World War II, and was a precursor to the overlay style that is considered to be the Hopi’s signature type of silverwork. Both the appliqué and overlay techniques create highly dimensional and detailed jewelry that represents the remarkable craftsmanship and today are common among both Hopi and Navajo silversmiths.
Earrings measure 1-1/2" long by 1/2" wide with French hooks. Come with certificate of authenticity.
Our Guarantee of Authenticity
At the Indian Pueblo Store we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.