This handmade sterling silver overlay heart pendant was created by award winning Navajo artists, Everett & Mary Teller. The pendant is set with high quality Kingman turquoise and it has a small heart-shaped cut-out accent. Perfect for the Native American jewelry lover in your life!
The heart measures 1-5/8 inch long, not counting the bale, by 1-1/2 inch wide and weigh 11.8 grams. Not at all flimsy. Please ignore the reflections of the camera and my hand that can be seen in the highly polished sterling silver. The oversized bale can handle beads up to 3/8 inch wide or slighlty more.
Brand new and in perfect condition. Gift Box and Certificate of Authenticity included. Purchased directly from and hallmarked EMT inside a fish symbol by the artists. You can't get a better guarantee of authenticity than that!
STERLING SILVER OVERLAY TECHNIQUE. This technique uses multiple layers of sterling silver soldered together to create a three dimensional effect. The top layer is a handmade, hand cut overlay created from a sheet of sterling that is then bonded to the base layer of sterling. The base layer background is usually oxidized, which turns the silver surface black, and is often scratched or stamped. The oxidation brings out a contrast between the two pieces and makes the individual designs more visible.
Everett and Mary Teller collaborate as a successful husband and wife team creating a vast array of sterling silver and gold jewelry along with other handcrafted items. Everett, born in 1956, began silver smithing in 1988. Mary was taught by her mother, Margaret Bochinclonny, and began silver smithing in 1972. Both husband and wife have received several awards for their work over the years.