Early Native American Ric Charlie Navajo Sterling Silver Tufa Cast Turquoise Eagles Necklace

$ 1,850.00

Metal: Silver                                                
Metal Purity: .925
Hallmark: EC Tested for Sterling Silver
Artisan: Ric Charlie
Tribe Affiliation: Navajo
Length ( inches  ): 30.0
Width ( inches / mm ): 1.85 / 46.9    Length with bail  3.79 / 96.3
Weight ( gram ): 74.6
Condition: Vintage

 

Ric Charlie is an accomplished, self-taught Navajo goldsmith who has gained international acclaim for his tufa-cast jewelry. The texture and fine lines he achieves by carving in tufa stone, combined with colorful patinas and semiprecious stones, define Ric Charlie’s work. For nearly three decades, Ric has been drawing upon traditional Navajo techniques while pushing the boundaries to stay on the cutting edge of jewelry design.Charlie's love of color draws him away from the turquoise commonly found in Southwestern jewelry. He instead favors the gold, rust, red, purple, blue, and green patinas he achieves by adding liver of sulfur to the silver. The fine lines in his jewelry are accomplished by cutting tufa stones (compressed volcanic rock) with dental tools.Ric learned basic jewelry-making techniques in 1973 when he was in high school.He studied jewelry-making and design in college at Arizona State University and University of Arizona, and
went on to teach himself tufa casting after being inspired by the work of Preston Monongye and Charles Loloma.
“Sandcasting is a pretty difficult medium,” Ric Charlie says. “But for me it’s second nature.
Everything I do is cast, and 99 percent of them are one-of-a-kind.”
In 1983, Ric helped to design and construct the staff and medallion used by the president of Arizona State University.
Today, Ric Charlie teaches and advises Native artists in his unique tufa-casting methods, while still producing top-of-the-line work for galleries and collectors around the world. Ric has received numerous awards from competitions at the Heard Museum and Sante Fe Indian Market, including Best of Show, Best of Class, and the Raymond Dewey Memorial Award for Excellence in Tufa Stone Casting.


 

PLEASE BE ADVISED:

  • We sell vintage pre-owned and antique items (except for those described as new) which will often show signs of wear, dents, scratches, oxidation, broken stones, etc. Please note that the item in the photographs may be larger or smaller in actuality. The photographs do not represent true size. Please check the description for physical dimensions and email us with any questions.

  • We are not gemologists, and due to the high quality of laboratory made stones we take no responsibility if the stone appears not to be genuine. We try our best to accurately describe the stones in our jewelry items.

  • In order for you to see the real age of presented item we do not perform any type of cleaning or polishing. If its tarnished that's exactly the way you will receive it.

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