Navajo Jet & Opal Inlaid Pendant

Navajo Jet & Opal Inlaid Pendant

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This oval shaped Navajo handmade pendant is inlaid with sterling silver, jet, and blue opal.  The bale is wide enough for a thicker chain or 4mm beads.

Size: .875" H x .375" W

Channel inlay jewelry is a process used extensively by Native American jewelers, particularly those in Zuni Pueblo.  Many other talented jewelers from other tribes in the Southwest also make channel inlay jewelry.  The metal channel, usually silver, is soldered onto the back to create the design.  Afterward, the stones are cut to fit into each section.  It is an exacting process which shows in the beauty of the the work of the finished piece(s).