Circa 1870's Cottonwood Earrings Inlaid with Mosaic of Turquoise and Abalone
The back of each tab is slightly and perfectly finished like a cabochon of turquoise--for stability allowing the perimeter to be thinned to a finer rolled edge.
Ear wires of drawn ingot silver, decorated with Navajo-made antique silver buttons have been added for wearing. The attachment is knotted cord, covering a soldered silver ring only at the top suspending from the wire. These can be removed upon request.
1 7/8" height X 1 1/2" width X 3/16" depth (without metal ear wires and button)
15.5 grams, .5 troy ounces (both together)
Hopi or Zuni
Collected some time close to 1906, they have remained through several generations in the same family in original condition.