Necklace, Bib, Turquoise, Needlepoint, Hallmark, Vintage Estate, 1179
STRIKING STATEMENT SET.
Crafted by renowned Zuni jewelry artisan Bryant Waatsa, Jr., this vintage earring and necklace set masters being simultaneously statement-making and delicate. Bryant is known for his needlepoint craftsmanship -- a trade passed down to him from his father -- and this is an excellent example of his intricate skill. The sterling silver link necklace is adorned with intermittent turquoise stone sets along the strand and a wide silver center arc that boasts a series of dangling sterling silver paddles, each embellished with a pair of needlepoint turquoise stones. The accompanying earrings feature a 3-stone stud adorned with a similar silver arc and matching two-stone silver dangles. Beautiful color, great movement -- absolutely impossible to ignore!
Bryant Waatsa, Jr. (1955-?; Zuni). Needlepoint; cluster work; inlay. Bryant Waatsa learned needlepoint jewelry making from his father Bryant Waatsa, Sr. Worked fo the Gallup Indian Trading Company.Marks: B. W.; B. W. ZUNI; B. W. JR.’ B. WAATSA. Some pieces produced for Sherwin Kohnke may be stamped with Kohnke’s grey squirrel mark.
- artist: Bryant Waatsa Jr.
- markings: B. W. JR.
- materials: sterling silver, turquoise
- dimensions: 18" end to end
- necklace: drops 2"
- earrings: 2"
- weight: 62 grams
- closure: hook & eye on the necklace, post on earrings
- condition: mint vintage condition
- stones are secure in their settings
- no stone chips or hairline fractures
- silver has a nice patina
- style number: JN1179