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Bolo, Kachina, Turquoise, Hallmark, Vintage, 70s, 1522

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Helen Long is the matriarch of the renowned 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 honored to offer this outstanding and intricate vintage creation by the renowned Navajo artisan Helen Long. The statement bolo is a detailed dimensional kachina crafted from sterling silver and adorned with turquoise petit point and snake eye stones. The cord is a classic braided leather tipped with sterling silver aiguillettes. This one-of-a-kind piece is a timeless collector’s item and strong statement piece for a guy or a gal.

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 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.

  • artist: Helen Long
  • affiliation: Navajo
  • hallmarks: H L
  • materials: sterling silver, turquoise, leather bolo cord
  • dimensions: shield- 4" x 1 1/2"
  • length: 42"
  • weight: 67 grams
  • nice vintage condition
  • stones are secure in their settings
  • no stone chips or hairline fractures
  • stone abrasions commensurate with age
  • silver has a nice patina
  • wear from use
  • style number: JN1522
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  • Many of the jewelry items we sell are antique, vintage, and/or pre-owned. We acquire these pieces from dealers in New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada, who work exclusively with Native American jewelry and art. That means they had a life before we found them, and they may show evidence of that previous life; signs of wear, dents, scratches, oxidation, broken stones, etc. We strive to be accurate and transparent in our descriptions of these pieces.

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  • We celebrate aging. In ourselves, and in our jewelry. We want the true age of the piece to be represented, so we do not perform any type of cleaning or polishing. If the item is oxidized when we acquire it, that is precisely how you will receive it.