ca 60's Navajo Squash Blossom Turquoise and Silver Necklace
The first known Navajo silversmith was Atsidi Sani who learned from Mexican smiths in the New Mexico territory around 1850.
The crescent-shaped pendant, or 3/4"naja3/4", that immediately catches the eye has roots deep in Spanish culture.
The pendant replicates the shape of what Native Americans would have seen on Conquistador3/4's horse bridles in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Captured or traded, the emblems were soon acquired by the locals and worn during ceremonies.
We are in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona, and have relationships with many "experts" in turquoise jewelry and Indian squash blossom necklaces.
Our best resource said this was a very high quality necklace and felt the turquoise to be either Blue Diamond or Blue Gem turquoise from the mines in Nevada.
The silver used in crafting necklaces like these was typically a lesser purity and registered lower than .925.
The naja hangs on a long strand of alternating cone and round beads rendered in silver.
These are not sterling silver, but slightly less pure; this is typical of jewelry of the era.
The overall look of the necklace is made all the more dramatic by the rich patina it has garnered over the years.
The necklace joins with a simple hook and loop clasp but can be easily slipped over the head.
Overall, the necklace remains in excellent vintage condition.
This is a great size and is not too "over the top" in adornment. As a result, it is a beautiful accessory that we think should be worn with pride.
It has really great weight and hangs beautifully.
Measurements: Silver bead strand measures 293/4", naja pendant measures 2 5/83/4" wide, 2 3/43/43/4" long and approx. 4mm thick Weight: 61.52 grams (2.17 oz.)
Item ID: 6076
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