Storyteller jewelry, which became popular beginning in the 1960s up to today, is usually made from sterling or coin silver (melted silver coins). The technique used to make the pieces is overlay, which means that the symbols or shapes are cut out and then applied to the body of the piece. These pieces are shiny while the background has a textured and oxidized finish.
Storyteller jewelry shows Native American themes such as traditional dwellings known as hogans, teepees, landscapes, people performing daily activities such as cooking & traveling. You might see animals such as horses, steer, birds & fish in the designs.
I associate the technique of overlay jewelry with the Hopi tribe but Navajo silversmiths create storyteller jewelry too.
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