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Navajo Jewelry Stamp showcases artistry of Navajo Silversmiths

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Featuring a striking painted detail of a Navajo silver and turquoise necklace with sand-cast "squash blossoms," the new two-cent Navajo Jewelry definitive stamp was issued on August 20 at the Americover Stamp Show in Indianapolis, IN. The stamp is part of the U.S. Postal Service's American Design series.

The stamp features artist Lou Nolan's painted detail of a Navajo silver and turquoise necklace with sand-cast squash blossoms set with polished blue turquoise nuggets. Nolan based his painting on a photograph by Peter T. Furst. The necklace itself belongs to a private collector and is believed to have been made sometime during the 1940s or 1950s.

With the issuance of the five-cent American Toleware stamp in 2002, the Postal Service launched a new series of definitive stamps featuring examples of the rich diversity of American design. The American Design series showcases objects from various regions, eras and ethnic cultures that combine utility with beauty, and function with form.

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