190528-040 Navajo Pearls; Silver Beads; Rose Martin; 17" + 1 1/2" link chain
17" + 1 1/2" chain to allow for different lengths
largest bead 3/8" diameter
One of the nicest beads from the Navajo reservation which have an old style tarnish and polish finish.
This beautiful handmade Sterling Silver Navajo Pearl Necklace is made by Rose Martin.
Authentic Navajo Pearls are sterling silver beads made entirely by hand by Native American silversmiths. Handmade Navajo Pearls are hand-crafted by using heavy gauge sterling silver from which they cut, stamp, drill, solder, file, polish, and string. Handmade beads are very labor intensive, therefore much more expensive than bench made beads. Because each bead is made individually, there will be slight variations from bead to bead.
Rose is a Navajo artist from Pinedale, New Mexico. She learned the art of making silver beads from her aunt Nellie, who was among the first to create handmade Navajo beads. She has been making her living, doing what she learned in her youth, for over 30 years.