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A beautiful pair of channel-inlaid Navajo silver

earrings by Jack Adakai, circa 1960’s-1970’s

The talented, Gallup, New Mexico-based Navajo jeweler, Jack Adakai was active from the late 1950’s through the 1980’s and was well-known for his outstanding stamped silver bracelets and beautiful inlaid pieces such as these earrings. In addition to being a great silversmith himself, Jack was an excellent silversmithing teacher and was one of the earliest mentors to his nephew and former apprentice, the brilliant contemporary Navajo jeweler, McKee Platero.

We love the design and shape of these earrings, and, particularly, the subtle, spring-like, pastel palette of peachy-pink, yellow and purple shell, black onyx and blue turquoise with brown matrix.The earrings measure a very wearable 7/8” by 7/8” and each earring weighs a completely comfortable 4 grams or

1/8 ounce. They are properly signed “JA” on the back of each earring and are also marked “Sterling” and “Handmade”. The earrings are on their original clip closures and they are in excellent original condition with just a tiny, completely inconsequential hairline crack in one of the shell pieces.

Jack Adakai’s jewelry pieces are highly-prized for their quality of design and marvelous craftsmanship. They come up only rarely, we have had perhaps just 5 or 6 of them in the past 20 years.

Price $675

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