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Silver oval drop earrings


Diné (Navajo) artisan Yazzi hand-stamps, etches, and antiques each silver oval drop featuring turquoise stones. The upper florets with a turquoise center feature the reverse hammering technique of repoussé. Gleaned from Carico Lake in Nevada, the turquoise displayed on the earrings is known for its breadth of blue and green hues. 

On a tour of New Mexico in the winter of 1929-1930, Dr. Barnes acquired a large number of turquoise and silver jewelry pieces. These pieces are on display in the galleries alongside paintings and other objects. As with all his purchases, he chose pieces according to the principles of light, line, color, and form. 

About the artisan: 

Yazzi is a Diné (Navajo) artisan who specializes in traditional silversmith techniques. Our retail collection of Native American jewelry is from the southwest, where the same artistic traditions Dr. Barnes admired continue in jewelry-making practices today. You can enjoy the beauty and grace of this timeless style with pieces made by contemporary designers working in long-held traditions. 


  • Sterling silver 
  • Turquoise stone