Navajo crafted stamp-work cross pendant in copper with spiny oyster shell accent

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Navajo crafted stamp-work cross pendant in copper with spiny oyster shell accent

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Navajo crafted stamp-work cross pendant in copper with spiny oyster shell accent

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Navajo crafted stamp-work cross pendant in copper with spiny oyster shell accent

Lovely and unique this Navajo crafted cross pendant was handmade in solid copper then finished with a natural spiny oyster accent. Using stamp-wok that is unique to this cross pendant the Navajo artist used solid copper as the medium for this unique cross. For many Navajo silversmiths copper has always been considered a "practice" metal. Copper was chosen by Navajo's as a way to practice their craft and to perfect a design before making it in sterling silver. Most copper craft was destroyed by the artists due to the fact the copper was melted and re-used for other practice pieces.

Every once in awhile however, some practice pieces survived and made it to the market place. This cross pendant was purposefully made in copper as a way to pay tribute to the early Navajo silversmiths. 

The cross pendant measures approximately 3 inches long overall. The artist signature is on the backside of this cross.

***The bead-work necklace pictured with this copper cross is available separately