Petite Navajo Squash by Navajo Artist Melissa YazziePetite Navajo Squash by Navajo Artist Melissa YazziePetite Navajo Squash by Navajo Artist Melissa YazziePetite Navajo Squash by Navajo Artist Melissa YazziePetite Navajo Squash by Navajo Artist Melissa YazziePetite Navajo Squash by Navajo Artist Melissa YazziePetite Navajo Squash by Navajo Artist Melissa YazziePetite Navajo Squash by Navajo Artist Melissa YazziePetite Navajo Squash by Navajo Artist Melissa YazziePetite Navajo Squash by Navajo Artist Melissa Yazzie

If you love a squash blossom but do not love the size and weight this petite Navajo made squash will be just the ticket for you. Made by Navajo artist Melissa Yazzie, this squash is set with a gray/blue turquoise with chocolate matrices. When we received this piece I was puzzled by the stones, the gray tone to the stone reminded me of Bisbee which has a lavender to gray undertones. However I knew it could not be Bisbee, this mine has been closed for years and this much Bisbee would cost a fortune. After looking and studying I finally had to send a picture to our stone cutter and ask him what it was. It turns out it is Chinese turquoise.

One of the top authorities on turquoise says:

"It is said that for every well known American mine, there is a Chinese counterpart producing similar material. Popular examples are the Number 8 and Lander Blue mines because of the spider-web matrix, but Chinese turquoise can even be mistaken for Royston, Kingman, Bisbee, and more because of the massive variations in color and matrix."

When I read this I understood why it look so much like Bisbee to me even though I knew that was next to impossible.

At any rate the squash is petite and well made and finished with a matching pair of earrings.
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Pendant Necklace:

Metal: Sterling

Stones: Turquoise

Number of Stones: 20 in the squash
Size of Earrings: 3/4” by ½” not counting the ear wire or 1 1/4” with the ear wire

Size of Naja: 1 ¾” by 1 1/2 ”

Overall Length of Necklace: 25" With the sterling link chain you could ware this piece from a choker length to long

Weight of Squash: 73.1 grams

Weight of Earrings: 6.3 grams

Signed: M over Sterling for Navajo artist Melissa Yazzie

ITEM ID
MR-6943
STYLE
Native American
MATERIAL
Sterling Silver, Stone
TYPE
Artisan
COLOR
Silver, Turquoise
STONE
Turquoise, Turquoise Matrix
STONE CUT
Cabochon
ITEM TYPE
Contemporary

Petite Navajo Squash by Navajo Artist Melissa Yazzie

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