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Lee Charley vintage silver jewelry

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Lee Charley vintage silver jewelry

Bass fish with dragonfly bolo tie. Sterling silver, coral. Lee Charley vintage silver jewelry

Lee Charley vintage silver jewelry
Born May 13, 1968 in Thoreau New Mexico, Lee Charley is a prominent hereditary Navajo artist silversmith. He began making jewelry in the early 1980s under the tutelage of his mother Nellie, and later passed on his knowledge to his son Matthew Charley. Jewelry designs are varied, from Native Americans and chiefs, to horses and a model airplane with a moving propeller. In addition, many designs are inspired by fauna and flora – butterflies, dragonflies, dinosaurs, fish, toads, flowers and more.
Traditionally, the artist uses sterling silver engraving, shell and multicolor natural turquoise and coral. The marking on the back side of pendants, pins, rings, belt buckles consists of initials “LC” and “Sterling”.

Belt buckle with horse design. Sterling silver

Belt buckle with horse design. Sterling silver

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark

Butterfly brooch pendant. Sleeping Beauty turquoise, silver

Butterfly brooch pendant. Sleeping Beauty turquoise, silver

Centipede brooch pendant. Sterling silver, oyster shell

Centipede brooch pendant. Sterling silver, oyster shell

Cowboy boot ring. Coral, turquoise, sterling silver ring

Cowboy boot ring. Coral, turquoise, sterling silver ring

Dragonfly sterling silver turquoise

Dragonfly sterling silver, turquoise

Horny toad brooch pendant. Silver, natural turquoise

Horny toad brooch pendant. Silver, natural turquoise

Horse heart shaped sterling silver pin

Horse heart shaped sterling silver pin

Navajo sterling silver turquoise pendant brooch

Navajo sterling silver turquoise pendant brooch

Purse handbag brooch. Sterling silver, lapis

Purse handbag brooch. Sterling silver, lapis

Sterling silver coral floral design belt set

Sterling silver coral floral design belt set

Vintage hair barrette. Sterling silver, coral

Vintage hair barrette. Sterling silver, coral

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark