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Vintage Sterling Silver and Turquoise Necklace: Navajo Squash Blossom

This fabulous Native American jewelry, vintage Navajo squash blossom necklace sings of old Native American culture and artistry. It is the most commonly known piece of Navajo Indian jewelry. The centerpiece, the naja is a design element from the Moorish and Spanish tradition. The blossoms, commonly referred to as the squash blossoms, are actually pomegranate blossoms. Obviously, this item is handmade.

It is a gorgeous, sterling silver, double-strand squash blossom necklace, which we frequently do not see. Please keep in mind that this piece may be made of coin silver which would make the piece even more valuable. I believe this necklace was crafted between1925-1935 because the silversmith did not place a sterling stamp on it, or sign it. The sterling stamp was not required until after 1935. I discovered this piece in a trading post just outside the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. The necklace features handmade sterling silver beads and magnificent Sleeping Beauty turquoise stones throughout. The similarity of the beautiful blue turquoise stones suggests that they all came from the same mine, most probably the Sleeping Beauty mine. Sleeping Beauty turquoise rarely contains a dark matrix and is robbins egg blue. This, too, adds to the value of necklace. Finally, the scrolls, leaf patterns, and sterling silver bud-shaped beads are the hallmarks of quality Navajo silversmithing.

Since, I am a silversmith, I recognize the quality of this piece. The necklace is in excellent, vintage condition, and you will definitely stand out in a crowd when you wear it.

Length: 32” or 80 centimeters
Naja: approx. 3-inches wide x 3 1/4 height
Number of turquoise stones: 15

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  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: Sterling Silver, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, Old Turquoise, Real Turquoise, Old Silver, American Indian jewelry, Authentic American Indian
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
  • Feedback: 6 reviews
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