Native American Alvin Yellowhorse Navajo 925 Silver Turquoise Lapis Inlay Horned Lightning Large Pendant

$ 850.00 $ 1,254.95

Metal: Silver                                                
Metal Purity: .925
Hallmark: NAVAJO STERLING ALVIN YELLOWHORSE, WILD HORSE MARK
Artisan: Alvin Yellowhorse
Tribe Affiliation: Navajo
Length ( inches / mm ): 4.40 / 111.9 with bail
Width ( inches / mm ): 2.58 / 65.6
Weight ( gram ): 55.6
Condition: Vintage

 

Just a few miles west of Gallup, NM., nestled amongst the canyons & hills of the small town of Lupton, AZ., lies the unassuming workshop of the young Navajo artist, ALVIN YELLOWHORSE. Alvin learned the silversmithing trade at an early age from his father, Frank Yellowhorse, & later mastered the techniques of cutting the small turquoise & other colorful stones into precise little pieces in which he assembles into intricate designs inspired by his Anasazi ancestors. This technique is called "Channel Inlay". A style of inlay where all the stones are cut & assembled together first & then ground flush before being highly polished. Alvin is credited for originating another style of inlay called "Corn Row Wave Inlay" in which the stones are individually cut & rounded over before setting them into a silver or gold bracelet, pendant, ring, or link bracelet. Corn Row Wave Inlay is much more time consuming as he has to completely finish each stone one at a time before placing them into the gold or silver setting. Alvin creates each piece one at a time.

There are no mass production techniques or assembly lines. His designs, although very contemporary, are enriched by the Zuni, Hopi, & Anasazi influences along with his own Navajo heritage. Alvin also receives inspiration from the ancient petroglyphs found along the canyon walls near his workshop. Alvin is forever amazing the jewelry & art galleries with new designs & techniques. Aside frombeing featured in several high-end galleries, Alvin was recognized by the Smithsonian Magazine in an article called "Tantalizing Turquoise" in their August 1999 issue, along with Art Book Arizona Magazine doing a profile on his life. Each year Alvin enters his jewelry into the Santa Fe Indian Market competition & has won several Blue Ribbons. His work can also be found at the annual Heard Museum competition in Phoenix, AZ. 

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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