Tom Billy Navajo Pendant & Earrings - $125 (El Paso - Upper Valley)

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4125 La Brigada Lane near Siete Leguas

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Signed Tom Billy Navajo Artist Handcrafted Silver Reversible Pendant and Earrings.

The earrings and one side of the pendant are the traditional “Man in a Maize” design done in overlay. Vintage circa 1970’.
Stamped on back of one earring “T Billy” and on other earring “Sterling.”

The pendant is 1.25 inches in diameter. The earrings are almost an inch in diameter.

Please note that the pieces are highly reflective and silver. The shadows and colors you see on them are just reflections of the surroundings while photographing and not defects.

Tom Billy a silversmith from the Dilkon, Arizona area, was born in 1945. Tom learned to silversmith in 1962 when his first wife wanted a squash blossom necklace. Tom couldn’t afford to buy one, so he went out and bought the tools to make one. At a Christmas party, Mrs. Maisel, of Albuquerque’s famous Maisel’s Indian Trading Post, asked where she got the necklace. Discovering that her husband had designed it, she invited Tom to create jewelry for the Trading Post.
Tom Billy went on to silversmith for designer Carl W Luthey, and then to design and produce his own sterling silver and turquoise jewelry that has been a favorite with collectors. Tom Billy passed away February 13, 2000.

Overlay is constructed from two layers of sterling silver. To do an overlay, Billy traced his design on a sheet of silver and then painstakingly cut it out by hand with a jeweler’s saw. He then layered the top design with silver soldered to another sheet, the bottom layer, of silver. Next, Billy trimmed the piece to its final shape and size. Finally, he hammered the assembled item is hammered into its final form, contoured, and blackened to enhance the negative areas of the design. The top surface was buffed to a mirror-like high polish.

This was part of my late mother's collection.

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