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Earrings, Inlay, Santo Domingo Depression, Vintage, '40's, 660

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For starters, it’s very rare to find a matching pair of earrings of Santo Domingo Depression-era earrings, because it being so long ago, many have been lost. Also, because Santo Domingo jewelry is highly sought after. These vintage beauties feature small silver discs stamped with sunbursts affixed to colorful geometric dangles made from tiny turquoise stones and found objects. 

“They were known for being innovative,” Cheryl said. “A lot of Santo Domingo pieces are Depression Era jewelry, and you know in the 1930s and ‘40s, everyone was just making do with what they had or what they could find. These jewelry makers were salvaging tiny bits of turquoise that previously would’ve been discarded and working them into mosaic designs.”

And their ingenuity goes beyond just salvaging scraps of semi-precious stones and shells and setting them into a “bigger picture” piece. They made the most of everyday items one would never expect to find in a piece of beautiful jewelry.

“They started incorporating pieces of bone, gypsum, even plastics like old vinyl records and red plastic Dairy Queen spoons, and the black vulcanite casings of old car batteries,” Cheryl explained. “Which, of course, is where these colorful creations got their nickname. These pieces were originally sold for about a dime to roadside tourists, it’s kind of poetic justice that they’re highly sought after and collectible nowadays.”

  • affiliation: Pueblo
  • materials: sterling silver, turquoise, found objects resin
  • dimensions: 2"
  • weight: 5 gram
  • closure: french wire
  • condition: nice vintage condition
  • stones are secure in setting
  • silver has a nice patina
  • light wear from ethnographic use
  • collected in New Mexico
  • style number: JE660
in stock
All returns on jewelry subject to exchange or store credit only.

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In the absence of a specific assertion or certification to the contrary, Double D Ranch does not warrant, represent, or suggest that any particular item or product which is sold or offered for sale by Double D Ranch in any forum or venue of sale is created or produced by any Indian or Indian Tribe, is an Indian product, or was created by any Indian arts and crafts organization as such terms are defined by the laws of the United States, or the laws of any other jurisdiction, including without limitation, the Indian Arts and Crafts Act and rules set forth by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board.

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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.

  • Jewelry items are not photographed to scale. We’re not trying to be tricky, our clothing items aren’t photographed to scale either (imagine how large that catalog would be!). Please check the description for the item’s dimensions and feel free to email us with any questions.

  • We are not gemologists. We choose pieces based on their overall aesthetic and how well they accessorize the Double D Ranch collection. Due to the high quality of laboratory-made stones and the influx of fake “Native American” jewelry from the Middle East, we rely heavily on our vetted suppliers to maintain a level of confidence in the quality of stones, provenance, and authenticity of each piece. We try our best to accurately describe the stones in our jewelry items but cannot absolutely guarantee them.

  • 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.