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Sterling & Red Coral Necklace & Earrings

Vincent and Socorro Johnson

About The Sterling & Red Coral Necklace & Earrings

Sterling, mill rolled sheet and 3 gauges of drawn wire were used in fabricating the delicate lacework panels and micro-serrated bezels for this intricate necklace and pendant earring set.  A heavier sheet and wire gauge make up the hand-made chain.  Smelted small pieces of silver were used to create tiny raindrops in three different sizes.

Coral, of natural ripe strawberry red, was hand cut into teardrops measuring 1/8" X 1/32".  There are 129 in the necklace and 60 in the earrings.  The round cabochons are 2mm (less than 3/32" in diameter).  There are 15 bezel set in the necklace and 12 in the earrings.

Savvy Price $1,400.00

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Sterling, mill rolled sheet and 3 gauges of drawn wire were used in fabricating the delicate lacework panels and micro-serrated bezels for this intricate necklace and pendant earring set.  A heavier sheet and wire gauge make up the hand-made chain.  Smelted small pieces of silver were used to create tiny raindrops in three different sizes.

Coral, of natural ripe strawberry red, was hand cut into teardrops measuring 1/8" X 1/32".  There are 129 in the necklace and 60 in the earrings.  The round cabochons are 2mm (less than 3/32" in diameter).  There are 15 bezel set in the necklace and 12 in the earrings.

About the Artist 20th century Zuni jewelers who began configuring jewelry in the 1960's.  Best known for their petit point work fashioning tiny stones together with fine silverwork, Vincent and Socorro Johnson are described in Zuni The Art and the People in Volume 1.  A full color representation of several examples of their fine silver and turquoise jewelry appears on page 41.
Medium Sterling silver and natural coral
Troy ounces 1.19 troy ounces (all three together)
Size Overall length of necklace is 18" with the 3 panel front being approximately 8 1/8" of that length and a maximum height of 7/8" each. Earrings have a 5/8" diameter starburst cluster at the ear with a pendant dropping down 1 1/16" X 1 1/4".
Signed "V.S. Johnson" stamped on necklace and on earrings
Date of creation 1970's
Condition Excellent
Description It is mind altering to think of the incredible skill and labor that went into execution of these truly fine jewelry statements. The precision is equal to anything one would expect from a machine--except for that unique quality of life these brilliant artists have given them with their creative hearts and hands.
Provenance STei-38
Gram weight 36.8 grams