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Vintage Pieces for the Serious Collector....

The Dittmann Collection

Our good friend, Kenneth Dittmann, is a professional coin dealer who understands the value of American Indian art. Most coin dealers simply sell silver jewelry for scrap - the stones get removed and silver melted down, but Ken would rather preserve these beautiful pieces and offer them to a serious collector who will appreciate them.

Please Note: Because many collectors prefer to polish there own pieces, none of the pieces shown below have had more than a cursory cleaning with a soft cloth. Each piece may be polished if desired.

(Once again - Old, collectible pieces are wonderful investments, but their sale does nothing for the native people (or their families) that made them. UNLESS the proceeds are put towards buying new jewelry from the Zuni and Navajo (Din'eh) families making jewelry today! And this is exactly what we do. The profit we make from the sale of vintage jewelry is used to buy new items from Native families producing NOW. So now is the opportunity for you to add something wonderful to your collection with the knowlege that Native families will benefit!

All of the items below are in stock and available NOW. Sold items are removed from this page the day they are sold).

Sterling Silver and Kingman Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, c.1970, Navajo handmade
The sixteen beautifu Kingman Turquoise stones are so well matched in this piece, and are each set in a shadowbox style. The necklace is wire-strung handmade Sterling Silver seamed beads that appears to be the original material. The naja measures 3" x 3", and the stones are between 1/2" and 7/8". The overall length of the necklace is about 29." This piece is hallmarked with a tiny "H" on the center pendant of the naja

Your price - $4,500.00

Sterling Silver Handmade Din'eh (Navajo) Turquoise and Branch Coral Fancy Silver Shadowbox Style Squash Blossom Necklace, c.1960
This is a wonderful, lighter-weight squash blossom necklace. The necklace is strung wire that is the original material used. There are 10 turquoise and coral shadowbox motifs on the necklace with three more on the 2 1/2" x 2 3/4" naja. The overall length of the necklace is about 28 3/4," and the smaller handmade beads make this a much lighter piece, most likely made for an adolescent or child. The engraved hallmark appears to be "C Stella Navajo"

Your Price: $2,000.00

Sterling Silver Cone Bead Choker Necklace with Turquoise and Coral Pendant, c.1970, handmade Navajo

Here's a wonderful old pendant necklace with handmade seamed round and cone beads with a wonderful two-stone Turquoise and one branch Coral pendant. The choker measures 16" and the pendant measures 2 5/8" x 1 1/4." This piece is hallmarked "J C" with a stamped circle between the letters.

Your price: $750.00

Beautiful Shell Heishe and Shell Carved Bird Fetish Necklace, c.1975, handmade Zuni
What a beautiful and delicate necklace! This lovely piece has three strands of white clam shell heishe with melon shell and penn shell birds, with stamped silver cones and fasteners. The overall length of the necklace is about 22"

Your price: $950.00

c.1960-1974 Sterling Silver Tube Bead and Branch Coral Necklace, Handmade Navajo
This c.1960 - 1974 necklace is five 29" strands of 5/8" Sterling silver tube beads and Gulf branch coral! This necklace has an amazing drape! If you must shine the silver, do it only with proper, gentle cleaning and no harsh cleaners.

Your Price: $2,750.00

c.1980 Sterling Silver No. 8 Turquoise One-Stone Bolo Tie with Water Pattern Drum Bead Bolo Tips, Handmade by Tommy Singer, Din'eh (Navajo)
This is one of Tommy Singer's fine large bolo ties, and should suit even a very large man. The 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" bolo is heavy sterling silver with one absolutely amazing, 1 5/8" No. 8 Turquoise stone. The bolo cord is an extra thick braided leather with 7/8" adornments and 4 1/2" tips with water-pattern drum beads and 1" squash blossoms. The overall length of this bolo tie is 48." This piece is hallmarked "THOMAS SINGER"

Your Price: $1,750.00

Sterling Silver, No. 8 Turquoise, and Bear Claw Bolo Tie, c.1970, Navajo handmade
This c.1970 bolo tie has two well-matched 2" Sterling capped bear claws set on a silver oval concho with one 1" x approx 1/2" No. 8 turquoise stone. The braided leather bolo cord is regular size with silver tips with kachina dangles. This piece is hallmarked by stamped letters "A.S.A." "ST" "Y"

Your Price: $1,000.00

Unusual Heavy Sterling Silver and Turquoise Waterbird Bolo Tie, c.1960, Navajo handmade
This unusual bolo tie is a 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" stamp-worked concho with a waterbird carved into the center and one 1/4" turquoise stone. The bolo cord is a standard leather braid with simple 2 1/2" tips. The overall length is about 44." There is no hallmark or engraving on the back of this piece

Your Price: $850.00

Sterling Silver, Turquoise and Bear Claw Bolo Tie with Badger Claw Tips, c.1975, by Lorenzo Coriz, Santo Domingo

This is a gorgeous c.1975 Turquoise bolo tie! Handmade silver leaf-work and end-caps on the bear claws with stamped-work - A very masculine piece! The over-all dimensions of this bolo are 4 1/4" x 2 1/4" (including the almost 2" bear claws). This piece has an engraved hallmake "Lorenzo Coriz, Santa Domingo 1975, Albuquque, NM.

Your Price: $1050.00

Sterling Silver and Turquoise Bolo Tie, c.1960, Navajo handmade
This c.1960 bolo tie has two bezel set turquoise stones approx 1/2" each. The braided leather bolo cord is regular size with silver tips.

Your Price: $350.00

Sterling Silver, Coral, and Turquoise Bolo Tie, c.1970, Navajo handmade
This c.1970 bolo tie has one approx 1/2" turquoise stone and a beautiful coral stone set in a medium size, sterling silver motif with flower and leaf work, framed in a stamp-worked edge. The braided leather bolo cord is regular size with sterling silver tips

Your Price: $450.00


c. 1980 Heavy Sterling Silver and Multi-Stone Cobble Style
Bracelet by Lynol Yellowhorse, Navajo

Chunky pieces of red coral, turquoise, lapis, charoite, denim lapis and pink coral beautifully set in cobble style on a heavy, almost 1/4" thick, file-worked bracelet. The bracelet itself is 1/2" tapering to 5/8" and the top of this bracelet measures 5/8" wide. The inside of this piece measures 5 3/8" with a 1" opening. It should fit a 6 1/2" wrist. Visibly hallmarke "Lynol Yellowhorse"

Your price: $2,500.00


c. 1970 Navajo Heavy Sterling Silver, Turquoise, Coral and Bear Claw Watch Cuff

Here is a gorgeous Navajo watch cuff with two fine turquoise stones, two fine coral stones and two medium size bear claws. This piece is approximately 1 1/2" wide with leaf/feather applique and stampwork on the sides. The inside of this piece measures 5 7/8" with a 1 1/2" opening. It should fit a 7" to 8" wrist. It is not know if the Seiko watch works.

Your price $1,250.00!!!!

c.1970 Chip Inlay Tommy Singer-Style Belt Buckle Handmade Navajo, Ortega Shop
This is a beautiful c.1970 chip inlay belt buckle, measuring 3" x 1 7/8 in heavy Sterling silver, turquoise and coral chip inlay, and silver stamp-work. Take a close look at the inlay - it is in remarkably good condition! So many chip inlay pieces have not faired so well. If purchased to be worn, gentle polishing with a chamoise should be the only thing necessary to make this sparkle! See hallmarks "A" with a cresent and Ortega shop mark.

Your price: $750.00

c.1949-1950 Sand Cast Silver and Turquoise Belt Buckle, by Lewis Lomayesva, Hopi
This is a beautiful handmade c.1949 - 1950 sand cast belt buckle, measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/8" in heavy Sterling silver, adorned with one 3/4" x 1" stone. The back is hallmarked "L L".

Your price: $950.00

c.1985 Sterling Silver and Gold Overlay Eagle Belt Buckle, Handmade by "T D" Navajo
Here is a wonderful c.1985 handmade Eagle belt buckle, measuring 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" in heavy Sterling silver with 12k Gold overlay. The back is hallmarked "T D".

Your price: $1,200.00


c.1977 Navajo Turquoise and Red Coral "Spinner" Pendant
This spinner pendant is a beautiful and unusual piece, for certain! The first side shown is a wonderful tear-shaped pendant displays turquoise and coral that reverses to a two-stone turquoise side in a 3" x 2" heavy Sterling silver stamped frame. Outstanding!

Your price: $850.00

Navajo c.1985 Turquoise and Catlinite (Pipestone) Channel Inlay Pendant

Beautiful turquoise and catlinite channel inlay pendant, measuring approximately 1" x 1 1/4" set in a Sterling silver bezel with a 5/8" bail. No discernable hallmarks.

Your price: $125.00


c.1950 Navajo Turquoise and Silver Pin
This is a very nice old piece - beautiful turquoise stone in a heavy silver setting with twist wire. The overall measurements of this pin are 2 1/4" x 1." Gorgeous!

Your price: $350.00


c.1970 Navajo Red Coral Pendant
This pretty tear-drop shaped shadow-box style pendant is set with a beautiful 5/8" x 1/4" red branch coral ! This piece is made of very heavy Sterling silver and measures 1 5/8" x 1" overall with a large open-hook style bail on the back. Outstanding!

Your price: $275.00


c.1970 Navajo Turquoise and Sterling Silver Arrowhead Pendant

This is another beautiful shadowbox style 1 1/4" x 1 7/8" pendant set with on 1/2" x 3/4" turquoise stone. The overall measurement of this pendant from bail to tip is 2 1/4." The back is hallmarked "L M"

Your price: $200.00


c.1980 Small Mosaic and Channel Inlay Peyote Bird Pendant

This is a lovely small peyote bird pendant measuring 1 1/4" x 1 1/4as "overall. Sterling silver with jet, spiney oyster shell, turquoise and mother of pearl, with a"G M Sterling" hallmark.

Your price: $150.00


Small Navajo Turquoise and Sterling Silver Cross Pendant

Dainty 1 1/2" x 7/8" Sterling silver cast cross pendant set with one small turquoise stone.

Your price: $45.00


Tiny Zuni Mosaic and Channel Inlay Headress Pendant

Tiny 1/2" x 5/8" (overall) Sterling silver, Turquoise, Jet, Mother of Pearl and Coral mosaic and channel inlay sunface headress pendant - dainty and pretty!

Your price: $65.00

Navajo c.1970 Hoop Dancer Screwback-Style Earrings

Pretty Sterling silver, stamped, screw-back style earrings measuring approximately 1 1/8" x 1/2."

Your price: $35.00

Navajo c.1970 Turquoise Bell Screwback-Style Earrings

Pretty Sterling silver and turquoise screw-back style earrings measuring approximately 1/2" x 1/2."

Your Price - $45.00

Navajo c.1970 Turquoise Shadowbox Dangle Earrings

Wonderful, c.1970 well-loved shadowbox style Sterling silver and turquoise dangle earrings measuring 3/4" x 3/4" (7/8" from bail to bottom).

Your Price - $100.00


Zuni c.1960 Multi-Stone Mosaic Inlay Flower Ring

Beautiful mosaic and channel inlay of jet and turquoise set in a Flower pattern - 1 1/4" x 7/8" overall -Size 8, hallmark: JIM PAYWA.

Your price: $175.00

c.1960 Navajo Turquoise and Coral Wide-Shank Ring

Gorgeous Navajo turquoise and branch coral wide shank ring - 1 1/8" x 5/8" overall -Size 8 1/2.

Your price: $150.00

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