Considered the “stone of life,” turquoise holds special significance in several Native American cultures, especially for the Navajo people. According to one legend, Estsanatlehi, the Navajo goddess of creation, protection, and abundance, appeared as a drop of turquoise. Santa Fe Art Auction will present several turquoise jewelry pieces in their upcoming auction. Highlighted among them is a Navajo turquoise and coral band cuff from Kenneth Begay. Made of six silver bands, the cuff is accented with 15 turquoise and ten coral stones.
Of several pieces of cast silver jewelry, a tufa cast silver and stone inlay cuff bracelet by Preston Monongye is particularly highlighted. One of the leading figures of the “New Indian Jewelry” movement of the 1960s and 70s, Monongye used traditional techniques and motifs to create a contemporary and fresh look. Also featured is a 1920s Navajo silver necklace. The long necklace is made from handmade silver beads and bears a single turquoise stone. View the complete catalog and register to bid on Bidsquare.
Lot Categories:Jewelry (163), Bracelets & Bangles (68), Necklaces & Pendants (43), American Indian & Ethnographic (163)
# of Lots:163
Price Range:$50 - $8,000
Interesting lots include:
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|A Preston Monongye Tufa Cast Silver and Stone Inlay Cuff Bracelet|| Estimate: |
|A Kenneth Begay Turquoise and Coral Band Cuff|| Estimate: |
|A Historic Navajo Silver Necklace, ca. 1920|| Estimate: |
|A Navajo Silver Concha Belt, ca. 1940|| Estimate: |
|A Group of Three Navajo Silver and Turquoise Rings, ca. 1940-1950|| Estimate: |