3MM Oxidized Navajo Pearls-18″
Oxidized Sterling Silver Navajo Pearl necklace from Kevin Randall Studio. This single strand 18″ necklace is made entirely of 3mm beads and has a 2″ extension chain with a silver lobster claw clasp.
Authentic Navajo Pearls are sterling silver beads made entirely by hand by Native American silversmiths. Handmade Navajo Pearls are hand-crafted by using heavy gauge sterling silver from which they cut, stamp, drill, solder, file, polish, and string. Handmade beads are very labor intensive, therefore much more expensive than bench made beads. Because each bead is made individually, there will be slight variations from bead to bead.
Sterling silver has always been a popular choice for jewelry because of the metal’s sparkling beauty and versatility. Since the dawn of civilization, men and women have been captivated by silver’s spell and splendor. Throughout the ages this mystical white metal has been used to mark historical milestones, celebrations, achievements and special occasions.
No one knows with certainty when the first silver gift was bestowed. But as early as 3,100 B.C., ambassadors from Crete were already bringing silver vases as gifts for Egyptian rulers. The metal’s popularity has even influenced our languages and customs. A silver spoon has symbolized great fortune and privilege since the 17th century when the Spanish writer Cervantes cleverly acknowledged that not everyone was born with one in his mouth. The tradition of the “silver anniversary” dates back to Germany where it was customary to present a silver wreath to a woman after 25 years of marriage.
Santa Fe Artist: Kevin Randall
From design concept and choice of gemstone through glittering execution, the work of Santa Fe artist Kevin Randall clearly stands apart from the rest.
A Kevin Randall designed piece of jewelry is one that has evolved from Native American influences and reflects the traditional Navajo designs typically produced from 1860 -1930. An impassioned jewelry creator since 1973, Randall started out by taking a course on silver-smithing, learning from his Native American co-workers and earning his place as a highly dedicated craftsman.