Vintage Turquoise Earrings - Antique and Vintage Turquoise Earrings are from two different time periods. The proper accepted age of a true antique is one
hundred years of age, Antique Turquoise Earrings were made 100 years previous to the current year. We consider Vintage Turquoise Earrings to be made from 1912 to 1960, major production and change came to Turquoise Jewelry as well as Turquoise Earrings and that is our cutoff date for what we consider Vintage Turquoise Earrings.
Vintage Turquoise Earrings from the Southwestern USA were made by the Navajo Indians, Zuni Indians, contemporary Southwestern Artisans and Jewelry manufacturing companies from the Southwestern U.S. as well as many other regions in the United States. The Navajo Native American Indian Silversmiths made a lot of Turquoise Earrings which are now Vintage Turquoise Earrings as their has been a huge market for Turquoise Earrings since the Navajo began making Turquoise Jewelry over 150 years ago. Zuni Native American Indians have been the major producers of Turquoise Earrings so their are a lot of Vintage Turquoise Earrings that were Zuni Indian made. As Turquoise Jewelry has been popular for over 150 years in the U.S., many Jewelry manufacturers throughout the Southwest as well as the rest of the U.S. have taken advantage of the Turquoise Jewelry market. There have been Jewelry manufacturers such as Sunbell, Maisels and the Fred Harvey company in the Southwest as well as other Jewelry Manufacturing Companies in Providence R. I and elsewhere that mass produced Turquoise Earrings which are now considered Vintage Turquoise Earrings.
The value of Vintage Turquoise Earrings varies greatly and is based upon who and where they were made, age, quality of craftsmanship, type and quality of their Turquoise and the condition of the Earrings. If the Turquoise Earrings were made to be inexpensive copies of authentic Navajo or Zuni Indian Jewelry, it is likely they are still fairly inexpensive today. If the Vintage Turquoise Earrings were made by Turquoise Jewelry Manufacturers in the Southwest that produce high quality Turquoise Jewelry, they are most likely much more valuable then the copies of Southwest Turquoise Earrings. If the Turquoise Earrings were made by a noted Navajo or Zuni Turquoise Jewelry Artisan and were made with high quality Turquoise, your Vintage Turquoise Earrings could be very valuable. It take a qualified and knowledgeable person in the Turquoise Jewelry field to accurately evaluate Vintage Turquoise Earrings.
John Hartman of Durango Silver Company in Durango Colorado USA is very knowledgeable in this field as he has been a Turquoise Jewelry dealer and collector for well over forty years. If you have Vintage Turquoise Earrings and you want to sell them or even find out what you have - send John a photo and any info you have and if you are wanting to sell your items or just want information. E-mail your information to John@DurangoSilver.com. Do not email me without a photo, I will not respond!
Above and to the left is a pair of Vintage Navajo Earrings from the 1920's or so. They have beautiful old Nevada Turquoise Stones and are screw-on ear backs. To the right is a pair of Zuni or Navajo vintage turquoise earrings, these old Turquoise earrings appear to be Navajo handcrafted, however, the Zuni's made Turquoise Earrings in this style in the 1920's as well. Visit the presentation page on this old pair of Zuni Vintage Turquoise Earrings.
The Vintage Turquoise Earrings and Pin on the left are Vintage Turquoise Jewelry made about 1950. This type of work was very popular for years and Zuni Pictorial Inlay Jewelry is still in demand today.
The pair of Coral and Turquoise Earrings on the right were made between 1950-60 by the Quam family of Zuni Indian Jewelers. This design of these Vintage Turquoise Earrings has been a popular design for years and out of character for Zuni Turquoise Jewelry but they are Zuni Made. The lapidary work here is sculptured Turquoise and Coral gemstones.
The pair of Thunderbird Turquoise Earrings on the left are Vintage Turquoise Style but they are not real old. We produced these Thunderbird Silver Earrings in the 1970's and we made about 300 pairs of them, so there are a lot of these old style Turquoise Earrings in circulation.
The Vintage Turquoise Earrings on the right have Teardrop shaped bezel set stones and Fluted Silver tops made by J. A. Genova - Navajo artist. These handmade sterling silver earrings are vintage Turquoise earring style and wonderful examples of Native American Jewelry, but, they were actually made in 2010. Natural Broken Arrow from Mina, Nevada.
The Coral sunburst design stud earrings are of a vintage Indian Jewelry style but were made by Durango Silver Company recently. We make many vintage Turquoise earring styles and have for years, often we go back through our old designs and make these vintage Turquoise earrings over again, it is surprising how many Southwestern Turquoise Jewelry designs are timeless.
The Vintage Turquoise Butterfly Earrings on the right were made about 1940 and were produced by the Fred Harvey Company. The Fred Harvey Company was a giant Turquoise Jewelry manufacturing company that produced Silver Jewelry for National Parks such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and many others. The stamped out the Jewelry designs with commercial power presses and had Native American Indians, Anglos and Hispanics setting stones and finishing the pieces in mass production. These silver earrings are a great example of Fred Harvey style Vintage Turquoise Earrings.
If you have vintage Turquoise Jewelry you may want to sell, send John a photo and any information you have on your Jewelry. Please make certain to send a photo in the first email - John Hartman - John@DurangoSilver.com
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