SALE Navajo Antique Pawn Silver and Turquoise Necklace and Cuff Bracelet
Navajo Antique Pawn Silver and Turquoise Necklace - Cuff Bracelet
Museum Quality Owned by top Navajo Designer Fred Guerro, turquoise however it was likely made by an even more skilled craftsman and used as a pawn piece. Necklace 18" Excellent workmanship Owned by legendary Navajo Silversmith Guerro whose name is engraved on the back. The Navajo silversmith's used Pawn Shops like banks in the early through the late-mid 20th century, hence the term, "pawn piece." They kept their finest pieces for this purpose and rarely sold them. This set was somehow tragically lost and reemerged decades later at a pawn shop in Northern Mississippi near Memphis. It was gifted to the biological daughter of Jerry Lee Lewis (Phoebe Lewis-Loftin the only living biological child of (2 time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame award and American Music Masters winner) Jerry Lee Lewis and her mother Myra Lewis; one of the most famous and controversial couples in Rock & Roll history.
I don’t think it was ever made to sell but was a family piece that was either gifted or inherited by Fred Guerro or if Fred did make it then It may well be his finest piece ever. Rather than just decorative or ceremonial a lot of attention was paid to it as a high end piece of Native American jewelry. It lays beautifully along the neck and was fashioned to negotiate to collar bones without the frequent bulging on lesser pieces that cause them to look awkward. A truly great piece for Summer travel and it looks great paired with just jeans and a linen shirt or over a black sweater. It can also be paired with high fashion pieces and be equally at home. The cuff bracelet is also exquisite quality turquoise and all are solid perfectly matched colored stones of large size not the new reconstituted turquoise which is ground to powder then epoxies added to form what we consider to be, manufactured, cheap turquoise. It would be almost impossible and extremely expensive to replicate this piece today. The cost of curating these high end pieces of matched turquoise would exceed the cost of the piece itself and the silver weigh alone is substantial but dispersed in such a way that it never feels heavy or clunky like many modern pieces.
This piece comes with provenance (signed documents from Phoebe Lewis-Loftin and Myra Lewis-Williams). Fred Guerro signed the piece with an engraving tool on the inside likely to establish identity of ownership when pawned. It was common for Native American artists to keep some top pieces to pawn when money was needed and tragically this piece was lost at pawn and was owned by prior by the great granddaughter of a local plantation owner (either sold or again lost at pawn languishing in rural Mississippi pawn shop near the Jerry Lee Lewis ranch until purchased as a wedding gift by writer, photographer, publisher and gem collector Ezekiel Asa Loftin discovered and presented it to Ms. Lewis as a wedding gift in 2010 with his first royalty check from his Internationally recognized magazine, ‘Twisted South,’ as a wedding gift. The piece is again for sale and offers a unique buying opportunity for a piece of truly fashionable Navajo silver and turquoise necklace and cuff bracelet.