'Fred Harvey' Style Oval Thunderbird Earrings with Turquoise
When one refers to "Fred Harvey era" jewelry, one is generally speaking about a genre of lightweight and mass-produced jewelry that was made for sale to the Anglo tourist along the Santa Fe railroad lines, in hotels and retail shops run primarily by the Fred Harvey Company. The name, Fred Harvey, is a quite famous one in Southwestern history.
Near the end of the 19th century, and through to 1930, the tourist trade in the Southwest saw considerable growth. Indian-made jewelry was one of the more popular commodities that the Anglo tourist purchased and brought back home, as it was a wearable token of their travels and of their experiences in the Southwest. Once Indian jewelers and traders realized the Anglo preference, they began catering to the Anglo tourist's tastes by producing a full line of lightweight jewelry, much of it mass-produced with the help of specialized machinery and commercial sheet silver.
‘Fred Harvey’ style jewelry is now making a comeback, created with generous amounts of silver and beautiful details. These oval earrings are each created in stamped sterling silver and set with a single drop of turquoise.