Delicate Hopi sterling silver dangle earrings created by Willie Dawungnufti. The lightweight earrings measure 7/8 inch long, not counting the french hooks, by 5/16 inch wide and weigh 2 grams each.
Brand new and in perfect condition. Hallmarked by the artist, Willie Dawungnufti with his Chief's Jug hallmark. Certificate of Authenticity included and gift box included. Willie worked at the Hopi Guild and has been making jewelry since 1965. He is a member of the Corn Clan.
Silver Overlay is a process of soldering one piece of silver, from which a design has been cut, over another piece of silver. 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.