This is a one-of-a-kind piece and a complement to collectors of the Long family’s work.
Helen Long (Navajo). Stamp work; stone sets; applique; yei figures. Mother of Phillip and Tom Long. In1999 she was named Arizona Indian Living Treasure.Marks: H; h L; H Long (etched script)
Helen Long is a 20th-century Navajo jeweler, wife of Jimmie Long. She is best known for her kachina, yei and eagle dancer figures. Often her silver figures were highlighted with bezel-set turquoise or coral.
Mrs. Long fashioned rings, pendants, bola ties--all figurative in the motif. Examples of her work are included in the Peabody Museum, Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. She is referenced in Barton Wright's book Hallmarks of the Southwest as well as in Gregory Schaaf's volume American Indian Jewelry I 1,200 Artist Biographies.