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Ella Peter vintage silver jewelry

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Ella Peter vintage silver jewelry

Kokopelli necklace. Sterling silver, turquoise. Ella Peter vintage silver jewelry

Ella Peter vintage silver jewelry
Born in 1943, Ella Peter is a prominent Navajo silversmith raised in Mentmore New Mexico. The girl began learning jewelry making very early, as her father was a silversmith who taught her the crafts. Noteworthy, only men could practice silversmithing, at least before 1920s. Later, Navajo women proved to be talented silversmiths as well.
By 1970 Ella Peter has already been an experienced master silversmith with her own views on design and with her own signature. Handcrafting her jewelry, Ella Peter used sterling silver and traditional for Navajo silversmith turquoise stone. Also, she used other multicolor natural stones – onyx, malachite, lapis lazuli and coral.
Ella Peter’s jewelry includes floral and animal motifs as well as geometric designs. In addition, the jeweler often used the folklore character Kokopelli – the god of abundance among the ancient Indian tribes. Jewelry with this symbol can be worn as a talisman, to attract wealth and fertility, and simply to fulfill the most secret desires. By the way, the alternative name of Kokopelli is the god of young families.

Animal motif silver necklace. Coyote, rabbit, skunk, beaver, anteater squirrel

Animal motif silver necklace. Coyote, rabbit, skunk, beaver, anteater squirrel

Detail. Animal necklace

Detail. Animal necklace

Maker's mark 3

Maker’s mark

Ella Peter vintage silver jewelry

Bear Claw sterling silver turquoise pendant

Bear Claw sterling silver turquoise pendant

Black onyx sterling silver oval stud earrings

Black onyx sterling silver oval stud earrings

Howling Wolf Pin. Sterling silver, turquoise, coral

Howling Wolf Pin. Sterling silver, turquoise, coral

Kokopelli earrings. Sterling silver, turquoise

Kokopelli earrings. Sterling silver, turquoise

Lapis sterling silver necklace and earrings

Lapis sterling silver necklace and earrings

Malachite sterling silver necklace

Malachite sterling silver necklace

Multicolor stone sterling silver pendant

Multicolor stone sterling silver pendant

Handmade Sterling Silver Turquoise Necklace

Handmade Sterling Silver Turquoise Necklace

Onyx sterling silver square pendant

Onyx sterling silver square pendant

Oval sterling silver turquoise earrings

Oval sterling silver turquoise earrings

Rectangular Native America Navajo Handmade Sterling Silver Turquoise Necklace

Rectangular Native America Navajo Handmade Sterling Silver Turquoise Necklace

Round earrings. Sterling silver, turquoise

Round earrings. Sterling silver, turquoise

Sonoran gold sterling silver turquoise cluster earrings

Sonoran gold sterling silver turquoise cluster earrings

Spiderweb turquoise sterling silver pendant

Spiderweb turquoise sterling silver pendant

Villa Hut bar brooch. Sterling silver, natural stones

Villa Hut bar brooch. Sterling silver, natural stones

Signature

Maker’s mark