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Sterling Four Strand Bead Necklace with Foliate Centerpiece

Gary Johnson

About The Sterling Four Strand Bead Necklace with Foliate Centerpiece

Sterling silver rolled sheet and drawn wire were utilized in crafting the hinged centerpiece and fan shaped terminals of the necklace as well as chain closure.  The rounded and "diamond" shaped melon beads are earlier and were made of ingot silver mill rolled by hand into sheet.  Each half was shaped using a two-part stamp, then soldered together.  

It was common to trade for beads created by a bead specialist.  Artists often worked with each other to finish pieces.

Hand-cut turquoise stones were bezel set among the stamp textured leaves and flowers of the dramatic large hinged centerpiece.  These stones measure 3/4" X 1/2" to 7/8" X 9/16".

Because of the chain finish used to secure this necklace, it can be adjusted to fit the purchaser without change to its original design.  It does taper to fit more as a stand-up choker and is an absolutely stunning collar !

Savvy Price $950.00

Gallery Price $1,200.00

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Sterling silver rolled sheet and drawn wire were utilized in crafting the hinged centerpiece and fan shaped terminals of the necklace as well as chain closure.  The rounded and "diamond" shaped melon beads are earlier and were made of ingot silver mill rolled by hand into sheet.  Each half was shaped using a two-part stamp, then soldered together.  

It was common to trade for beads created by a bead specialist.  Artists often worked with each other to finish pieces.

Hand-cut turquoise stones were bezel set among the stamp textured leaves and flowers of the dramatic large hinged centerpiece.  These stones measure 3/4" X 1/2" to 7/8" X 9/16".

Because of the chain finish used to secure this necklace, it can be adjusted to fit the purchaser without change to its original design.  It does taper to fit more as a stand-up choker and is an absolutely stunning collar !

About the Artist (Born 1946, Navajo)  Active since the 1970's, Johnson tends to work in a traditional style of Navajo jewelry.  
Medium Sterling silver and natural turquoise
Troy ounces 3.38 troy ounces
Size Finial to finial is 12" with 3 1/2" of chain. Width of the four strands is 1". Centerpiece is 3 3/4" height X 2 3/8" maximum width
Signed "GGJ" stamped on plate
Date of creation Circa 1975, but beads are earlier, possibly 1940's.
Condition Excellent
Turquoise High grade natural blue turquoise, bird's eye water web
Provenance CP 3092
Gram weight 105.1 grams