This is a Dead Pawn Pin and Pendant with Necklace. The Pin Pendant is Navajo in artistry and measures approximately 3 inches top to bottom and is 1 7/8 inches wide at the widest point. The stone is Turquoise and appears to be from the Sleeping Beauty Mine. The reverse of this piece is signed R Begay and is stamped Sterling. The silver chain measures 27 inches in length and is stamped .925 indicating Sterling Silver.
Total weight of the pin pendant and chain is 57.4 grams.
The term Pawn refers to selling jewelry or other personal items for cash. It can also mean exchanging jewelry or other personal items for cash by using the item as collateral for a loan. If the piece used for collateral is not claimed by an agreed upon date, then the item becomes Dead Pawn and the pawn shop becomes the owner of the item and can choose to sell the item to reclaim the cost of the money lent. The term Dead Pawn does not indicate the age of the jewelry. Dead Pawn jewelry can be very old, newly made or anywhere in between.