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Sterling Overlay Pendant--a Modernist Statement in Jewelry

Norman Honie

About The Sterling Overlay Pendant--a Modernist Statement in Jewelry

Sterling silver was mill rolled into two gauges of sheet, the thicker of which was cut and curved to serve as the pendant body and attached loop bale.  The lighter gauge was then carefully cut to open a design which was then soldered to the back plate, leaving no gaps and this back sheet visible. 

The artist then skillfully used an engraving tool with which he created a flowing texture by manually rocking the cutting tip back and forth as he pushed it forward within the contours of his cut out.  Afterward this "negative" area was oxidized in the final stage of finishing.

Lighter gauge sheet was also cut to form bezels for three square-cut natural Blue Gem mine turquoise stones measuring 5/32" X 5 / 32" each. Natural round cut Mediterrean coral is flushed set in the two bezels spaced between.

Sterling chain was made in Italy and comes with the pendant.

Savvy Price $875.00

Gallery Price $950.00

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Description

Sterling silver was mill rolled into two gauges of sheet, the thicker of which was cut and curved to serve as the pendant body and attached loop bale.  The lighter gauge was then carefully cut to open a design which was then soldered to the back plate, leaving no gaps and this back sheet visible. 

The artist then skillfully used an engraving tool with which he created a flowing texture by manually rocking the cutting tip back and forth as he pushed it forward within the contours of his cut out.  Afterward this "negative" area was oxidized in the final stage of finishing.

Lighter gauge sheet was also cut to form bezels for three square-cut natural Blue Gem mine turquoise stones measuring 5/32" X 5 / 32" each. Natural round cut Mediterrean coral is flushed set in the two bezels spaced between.

Sterling chain was made in Italy and comes with the pendant.

About the Artist Norman Honie Sr. was a Hopi silversmith specializing in silver overlay.  His involvement with making jewelry began in 1966.

Honie's hallmark is a spider stamp.
Medium Sterling silver, natural turquoise, coral
Troy ounces 1.16 troy ounces
Size Chain is 23" in length. Pendant is 2 11/16" X 1 3/8" (maximum width).
Signed spider hallmark
Date of creation Circa 1970
Condition Excellent
Turquoise Natural Blue Gem mine turquoise
Description The design and corresponding rocker engraving technique are unmistakably the signature work of Norman Honie Sr.
Design Its design is one of a kind expression in silver
Provenance KW
Gram weight 36.2 grams