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Peregrine Galleries Jewelry Collections

Peregrine Galleries, located in Montecito, CA is known for carrying the finest Navajo and Zuni turquoise jewelry, Georg Jenson, Bakelite jewelry from the 1930’s to 1950’s, vintage Chanel and more.

 

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Peregrine Galleries Collections include…

Miriam Haskell was born in 1899. She started her shop in the McAlpine Hotel in 1924 on the very posh Herald Square in NYC. She became very successful and started the Miriam Haskell Co.

 

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Haskell and her chief designer Frank Hess created some of the most original costume jewelry ever made utilizing Czech and Austrian stones and beads, Japanese simulated seed pearls and a variety of other materials arranged in a cluster of floral and abstract designs.

Peregrine Galleries sells only the highest quality Miriam Haskell necklaces, bracelets, lariats, brooches, earrings and parures.

The store carries a carefully edited collection of Navajo and Zuni early turquoise bracelets, rings, necklaces, squash blossom necklaces, concho belts and buckles.

 

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One of the most important forms of Navajo and Southwestern Native American jewelry, is the Squash Blossom Necklace. Most are made of a string of plain round silver beads, interspersed with more stylized “squash blossoms”, and feature a pendant, or “naja”, hung from the center of the strand.

 

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Zuni jewelry-making dates back to Ancestral Pueblo prehistory. Early Zuni lapidaries used stone and antler tools, wooden drills with flake stone, or cactus spine drill bits, as well as abrading tools made of wood and stone, sand for smoothing, and fiber cords for stringing.

 

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With the exception of silver jewelry, which was introduced to Zuni Pueblo in the 19th century, most of the materials commonly worked by Zuni jewelry makers in the 20th century have always been in use in the Zuni region. These include turquoise, jet, argillite, steatite, red shale, freshwater clam shell, abalone, and spiny oyster.

“I am always interested in purchasing both Navajo and Zuni early turquoise, either by the piece or private collection,” states owner Marlene Vitanza. “In artifacts, I specialize in baskets, beadwork, weavings and pottery and also exhibit a selection of fine American Paintings.”

 

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Peregrine features a selection of vintage and contemporary silver jewelry designers. These rare vintage Taxco pieces are artist signed and have been illustrated in highly regarded books. Artists include Antonio Pineda, William Spratling, Hector Aguilar and Salvador.

Store Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm/ Sunday 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

P  E  R  E  G  R  I  N  E    G  A  L  L  E  R  I  E  S
1133 Coast Village Road, Montecito, Ca. 93108

805.969.9673  Email:  mperegrine@gmail.com

VISIT THE WEBSITE:  peregrinegalleries.com

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