A masterpiece of design and execution, this showstopping Native American jewelry silver and coral bib necklace and earring set makes a beautiful statement!
This handmade set in sterling silver and coral is believed to be one-of-a-kind. Thirteen curved fan-shaped pieces hang from a beaded curved wire. One theory is that these fans are made to resemble ceremonial fans. Each fan has long lines that run the length, perhaps made to emulate the shaft of a feather. At the tips of each raised line are little spheres or raindrops. Bigger raindrops and bezel set coral cabochons decorate the top portion of each dangle. The bib portion is attached to a wire which is string through a row of textured bicone beads. Attached to each end of the main portion are two chains with soldered links. The piece closes with a hook clasp that is able to be looped through any part of the chain, making it adjustable. The matching earrings are similar in design and have post backs for pierced ears. The necklace is signed WCV which, after doing extensive research, is believed to be an early Wil Vandever signature. An outstanding and rare example of vintage sterling silver Navajo jewelry!
⭐ Signed: WCV for Wil Cora Vandever. Cora is Wil’s wife, who taught him silver smithing.
*This item is not marked for silver content. Each piece (beads, fan drops, and chain) test positive for sterling silver with two separate tests.
⭐ Condition: Excellent. Some of the coral stones have less of a sheen than the others. None are cracked or chipped.
Necklace – 18″ across and adjustable to smaller sizes. The bib is 3 3/4″ from the top of the longest drop to the bottom and 8 3/4″ across.
Earrings – 2 1/4″ long
⭐Weight: 160 grams
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