This exquisite sculptural statement necklace and earring set was handcrafted by Navajo silversmiths. The necklace features four connected sterling silver feathers showcasing one large feather centerpiece. Two matching earrings expand the aesthetic presence of your ensemble. The finely engraved details on the feathers showcase the craftsmanship and artistry.
Feathers are a powerful symbol in Native American culture, and this necklace beautifully pairs this symbolism with lasting style. A true conversation piece, this one-of-a-kind necklace is filled with unexpected details and will be appreciated by collectors of fine Native American jewelry.
- Feather necklace and earring set handcrafted by Native American artists of the Southwest
- Sterling silver
- Overlay and engraved
- Necklace features hook and eye closure and the earrings are french wires
- Necklace measures 23 inches long and the earrings are 1¼ inch long
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.
About the Artist
This silver feather necklace and earring set was handcrafted by skilled Native American artists. Known around the world for their brilliance as silversmiths, Native American artists of the Southwest make jewelry that is collected and admired for its superior craftsmanship, technical sophistication, detail, and beauty. Navajo and Zuni artists were the first to learn the art and develop their own distinctive silver jewelry styles, but today talented artists are working in an impressive range of styles in every Pueblo and tribe of the Southwest.
Jewelry has been made and worn in the Southwest since prehistoric times. For thousands of years Native Southwestern people made mosaic inlay and beads of turquoise, shell, bone, or stone. Metal arrived with the Spanish. Native Americans acquired metal ornaments through trade, but it was not until the middle of the 19th century that Navajo and Zuni artisans learned the craft from Mexican blacksmiths and silversmiths. Their early silver jewelry creations were plain, with simple engraved, stamped, or punched designs. Turquoise was first used in silver around 1880.
By the turn of the 20th century, silversmithing was widespread across the Southwest, and Native artists were making more sophisticated pieces like concho belts, and squash blossom and naja necklaces. The Navajo soon became known for their use of silver, emphasizing silver-heavy designs with only a few gemstones, while the Zuni focused on stone work, featuring finely cut clusters of gems in complex patterns. The Hopi and Pueblo tribes also developed distinctive jewelry styles in the early 1900s. Today, silver jewelry is an iconic image of the Southwest.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
Our Guarantee of Authenticity
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, 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.