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Necklace, Thunderbird Depression, Earrings, Vintage ‘40s, 1380

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Southwestern Santo Domingo-style jewelry is not only beautiful but almost baffling. This vibrant ‘40s-era vintage battery bird necklace was crafted from tiny turquoise scraps, bits of gypsum, and various found resins and plastics. Crafted in the traditional style, it's centered by a colorful thunderbird accented by a series of triangular tabs on a strand of beads. As an added bonus, it’s accompanied by a complementing pair of thunderbird dangles. The resourcefulness of these post-war jewelry artisans is nothing short of remarkable. As they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure!

History of Santo Domingo jewelry:

Due to the hardships in gathering jewelry-making materials during the Depression, artisans from Santo Domingo Pueblo used readily available materials. Battery casings, old vinyl records, red and white plastic cups and plates, hair combs, gypsum beads and turquoise chips were upcycled into affordable tourist jewelry. Originating in the 1930s, but sold well into the 1960s, these pieces are now the focus of museum collections and gallery showings.

  • affiliation: Kewa
  • materials: gypsum, turquoise, various recycled resins
  • dimensions: 24" x 2" pendant bird
  • earrings: french wire
  • weight: 60 grams
  • nice vintage condition
  • no missing stones
  • the necklace has been re-strung and balanced
  • earrings have been converted to french wire
  • light wear
  • style number: JN1380
in stock
All returns on jewelry are subject to exchange or store credit 
as sample

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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.