S. Martinez Navajo Inlay Pendant

S. Martinez Navajo Inlay Pendant

Quick Overview

Round pendant with black onyx and cultured opal inlay pattern. The detail extends up onto the sterling silver bail of the pendant. It is stamped with the artists name on the back of the pendant. 

Nation: Navajo

Artist: Sheryl Martinez

Measurements: ~1-1/4" long x 3/4" wide

More Information

Lapidary and silversmithing is an important way of life for the Navajo people. Starting in the 19th century, a man named Atsidi Sani (1830 –1918) is credited with being the first among his people to learn the fine artistry of jewelry making. Atsidi was taught by a Mexican man named Nakai Tsosi, who also taught the craft to other Navajo members. Unlike Zuni jewelry makers, Navajo artists are a bit more traditional in their style, concentrating on using high quality stones, minimally sculpted and then set into intricate high quality fine sterling silver, as opposed to the inlay work, normally associated with Zuni artists.