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Sterling silver, turquoise star in Southwest jewelry auction

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Gold filled sterling silver & turquoise concho belt with turquoise cabochons, 33¾in long, 248.3 grams, 1980s. Estimate: $1,100-$1,500. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – A Jasper52 jewelry auction that will be conducted on Wednesday, July 15, showcases the beauty, versatility, and history of fine Southwestern and Native American jewelry. Sterling silver and turquoise stand out in this 102-lot auction, from concho belts to squash blossom necklaces. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Turquoise cabochons and mosaic inlay borders consisting of turquoise, mother of pearl, gold shell and jet highlight a gold-filled sterling silver concho belt (above). The 33¾ inch long belt weighs a hefty 248.3 grams. Made in the 1980s, many of the belt’s links are marked “1/2012 KT GF, sterling.” It is expected to sell for $1,100-$1,500.

A classic sterling silver and turquoise squash blossom necklace set (below) represents the recent work of Eve Seymour. The handcrafted sterling silver squash blossom necklace and earring set features light blue Sonora turquoise cabochons in scalloped bezels framed with twisted wires and stamped raindrops. The necklace has five blossoms on each side with 8mm beads and a magnificent naja with seven turquoise stones. The necklace measures 24 inches long and weighs 159.9 grams. The naja measures 2¾ inches high and 4 inches wide. The earrings measure nearly an inch long and together weigh 13.5 grams. Both the necklace and earrings are signed “ES, sterling” (est. $800-$1,000).

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Contemporary sterling silver turquoise squash blossom necklace set crafted by Eve Seymour, necklace length 24in., 173.4 grams. Estimate: $800-$1,000. Jasper52 image

A fine example of vintage Mexican silver jewelry is the 26½-inch-long concho belt made by the renowned Margot Van Voorhies Carr. Featuring her iconic ball and ribbon design, the belt is composed of tapered trapezoidal links with graduated relief balls leading to a remarkable curved buckle clasp. It is marked “Margot de Taxco, an eagle mark and 5247” (est. $1,200-$1,500).

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Vintage signed Margot de Taxco sterling silver belt, 216 grams, 26½in, 1960s. Estimate: $1,200-$1,500. Jasper52 image

Urban cowboys will go for the large sterling silver and turquoise belt buckle that features the head of a buffalo in high relief and highlighted with six beautiful turquoise stones in smooth bezels. The back is marked “M, sterling.” This prized piece is from the 1970s ($450-$550).

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Large sterling silver and turquoise bison belt buckle with turquoise stones, 33/4 in. x 3in, 138.9 grams, 1970s. Estimate: $450-$550. Jasper52 image

Weighing in at almost a pound is a large sterling silver armband decorated in onyx cabochons with a sensational assortment of leaves, swirls and raindrops. The background is finely textured, and the outer edges are stamped with an inner twisted wire border. This armband has an inner circumference for a bicep of approximately 13½ inches and it measures 3½ inches at its widest point ($1,500-$2,000).

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Large sterling silver with onyx cabochons arm bracelet, marked ‘FIRST NATIVES, sterling, Phil L’ and has a feather hallmark, 404.0 grams. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000. Jasper52 image

The auction also has a fine selection of rings, bolo ties, cuff bracelets with colorful semiprecious stones.

The Jasper52 auction of Southwestern & Native American Jewelry will take place on Wednesday, July 16, starting at 6 p.m.

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