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Captivating 1930's Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace

Navajo or Zuni

About The Captivating 1930's Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace

Sterling necklace of 12 blossoms and naja set with 167 turquoise stones made using sterling silver ingot sheet, wire and smelted drops.  Natural, intense blue to green and teal-hued turquoise was hand cut into pear, oval and round cabochons for 167 settings.  

Pears range from 5/16" X 3/16" to 7/8" X 7/16".  Ovals are 3/8" X 1/4". Rounds are 3/16" in diameter.  Each stone is nicely pillowed.  Finish is satin with some original exterior texture.

Each of the 182 hand-made beads is made of two halves, formed using a hand-cut steel male-female die.  Halves were pierced then soldered together leaving a girdle seam. A separate set of dies was created and used for each of the four graduated sizes.  Diameters range from 3/8" to 1/4" in diameter.  Wire "rope twist" accents and smelted silver "rain drops" are utilized throughout naja and blossoms, more to define areas and attractively fill spaces than to call attention to themselves as decoration.

The silver beads in this necklace resemble slightly baroque pearls.  Its uniformly cut and shaped turquoise cabochons are finished with a quiet satin sheen flecked with areas of anomalous, original natural surface.  This early necklace looks striking on both men and women !

 

Savvy Price $3,600.00

Gallery Price $4,200.00

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Sterling necklace of 12 blossoms and naja set with 167 turquoise stones made using sterling silver ingot sheet, wire and smelted drops.  Natural, intense blue to green and teal-hued turquoise was hand cut into pear, oval and round cabochons for 167 settings.  

Pears range from 5/16" X 3/16" to 7/8" X 7/16".  Ovals are 3/8" X 1/4". Rounds are 3/16" in diameter.  Each stone is nicely pillowed.  Finish is satin with some original exterior texture.

Each of the 182 hand-made beads is made of two halves, formed using a hand-cut steel male-female die.  Halves were pierced then soldered together leaving a girdle seam. A separate set of dies was created and used for each of the four graduated sizes.  Diameters range from 3/8" to 1/4" in diameter.  Wire "rope twist" accents and smelted silver "rain drops" are utilized throughout naja and blossoms, more to define areas and attractively fill spaces than to call attention to themselves as decoration.

The silver beads in this necklace resemble slightly baroque pearls.  Its uniformly cut and shaped turquoise cabochons are finished with a quiet satin sheen flecked with areas of anomalous, original natural surface.  This early necklace looks striking on both men and women !

 

About the Artist In some cases specific tribal identification is not possible.
Medium Sterling silver and natural turquoise
Troy ounces 9.32 troy ounces
Size Overall length of inside strand is 27". Naja is 4 3/16" height X 3 3/8" width. From clasp to bottom of naja down measures 17". Each 4-petal squash blossom is 1 5/8" X 1 5/16".
Date of creation 1930's
Condition Excellent
Turquoise Natural turquoise
Provenance Ga Ki
Gram weight 289.9 grams