Bolo, Kachina, Turquoise & Coral, H Long, Hallmark, Vintage

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Helen Long is the matriarch of the renown Long family of Navajo silversmiths. She was married to Jimmie Long, a well known Navajo jeweler in his own right. They are both deceased but left a permanent mark on Native American Jewelry. Helen is best known for her work in creating sterling silver kachinas and yei figures and creating them as jewelry pieces. 

Double D Ranch is pleased to offer this outstanding bolo by Helen Long. Intricately crafted in sterling silver and set with beautifully hued turquoise and coral stones, it depicts one of Helen’s signature Yei figures. 

This is a one-of-a-kind piece and a complement to collectors of the Long family’s work. 

1970s

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 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.

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)

  • artist: Helen Long, deceased
  • affiliation: Navajo
  • markings: HL
  • materials: sterling silver, turquoise, coral with leather braided cord
  • dimensions: 38" m 4" tall
  • weight: 70 grams
  • closure: tension clamp marked "Bennett Pat. Pend"
  • condition: excellent vintage condition with light oxidation and wear.
  • style number: JN830
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