NEW YORK – Jasper52 will present an outstanding collection that showcases the beauty, versatility and tradition of fine Southwest and Native American jewelry in an online auction on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The natural beauty of turquoise and coral is complemented by sterling silver wrought by highly skilled designers and artisans. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Highlights start with a classic sterling silver and turquoise squash blossom necklace made in the 1970s. This impressive necklace (above) has 19 lovely turquoise cabochons in hand-cut bezels framed with twisted wires. The turquoise stones are a beautiful light blue that contrasts perfectly with the reflective silver. The “naja” pendant measures 2½ inches tall by 2 5/8 inches wide. This substantial necklace carries a $700-$800 estimate.
A Navajo gold-filled sterling silver and turquoise belt buckle (below) made in the 1980s is hallmarked “A Vanderver, 1/20 12KGF, sterling.” This large belt buckle measures nearly 4 inches wide. The central turquoise cabochon in a gold-filled serrated bezel is surrounded by an array of gold-filled applique including detailed leaves, wires and silver raindrops on a textured background. Stamped gold-filled wires separate the middle part from intricate mosaic inlays consisting of mother of pearl, jet, coral and turquoise (est. $400-$500).
A handmade sterling silver squash blossom necklace signed William Sharp measures approximately 26 inches long and weighs 225.9 grams. Each of its blossoms features intricately carved mother of pearl doves with detailed curved leaves over oxidized settings with empty space bridged by gorgeous coils. The giant lower pendant, which measures 3 7/16 inches high by 2 5/8 inches at its widest point, has three carved doves of its own. Three strands of beads complete the necklace. The necklace is signed and tests for sterling silver (est. $1,200-$1,500).
Margot de Taxco, born Margot Van Voorhies Carr, is represented in the auction with an incredible solid sterling silver belt that features her iconic ball and ribbon design. This 1960s work is made up of tapered trapezoidal links with graduated relief balls leading to a remarkable curved buckle clasp. It measures 26½ inches long and weighs a hefty 216.4 grams. The back of the clasp is marked with Margot de Taxco, an eagle mark and 5247 (est. $1,200-$1,500).
A bolo tie features an incredible massive turquoise stone in a serrated bezel framed with twisted wire. The stone is further bordered by giant oval coral cabochons with huge raindrops separating each inlay. The clasp measures 4 ½ inches long by 3 5/8 inches at its widest point (est. $600-$700).
The auction will be conducted on Tuesday, Nov. 26, beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern time.