Navajo Buffalo Nickel Earrings by Betty Yellowhorse
Native American Navajo Earrings by Betty Yellowhorse - $40
1-9/16" L -- Total Earring
7/8" Diameter -- Coin
CONDITION: Vintage, Never Worn
Elegant simplicity. These earrings, handmade by renowned Navajo artist Betty Yellowhorse, showcase a pair of Buffalo nickels, presented one obverse (face) forward, displaying the Indian Head design, and one reverse (tails) forward, displaying the Buffalo design. The coins dangle from a sterling silver French hook. One of the coins is dated 1936 and the date on the other coin is illegible, due to its age.
Betty Yellowhorse is an accomplished silver smith, working in the rich Navajo tradition. She is known for incorporating beautiful old coins into her jewelry. Working with silver coins in jewelry is a practice which points to a time before the use of sheet silver and bezel wire, and so coin work taps the deepest roots of tradition in Navajo silver jewelry making. Betty Yellowhorse jewelry is imbued with the richness and beauty of this lineage, not only through traditional techniques and designs, but also by incorporating the long history held in such old coins.
The Buffalo nickel (also called Indian Head nickel) is an American icon. On the three coins in this pendant, as is common for Buffalo nickels, the date has been worn off. This is typical of Buffalo nickels, because the date was placed on a raised part of the design, receiving the most wear throughout decades of circulation. Designed by sculptor James Earl Fraser, these copper-nickel five cent pieces were struck by the United States Mint between 1913 and 1938.
Because these items are hand-crafted by local artisans using traditional techniques, slight variations may occur. Note that colors may vary according to each display monitor.