SQUASH BLOSSOM NECKLACE Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Vintage Navajo Old Pawn c1970s. Interested in more than one item?
Most of our items are Unique One-of-a-Kind and subject to availability. So we do not disappoint you with a possible out of stock item. This is a Incredible Sleeping Beauty Turquoise SQUASH BLOSSOM NECKLACE, Vintage Navajo Old Pawn circa 1970's. A classic squash blossom necklace featuring ten blossoms and a large naja set with top grade Sleeping Beauty turquoise. This Old Pawn Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Squash Blossom necklace displays gorgeous, free-form, Arizona stones.
These gems of the southwest exhibit lovely color with a bit of matrix. They're set in Sterling with handmade leaves, stamped drops, twist wire & curly-cues.
The crescent shaped, Naja (3-3/4" tall x 3-1/2" wide) along with the ten stations are strung on hand seamed, 7mm Desert Pearl strands. Including the hook & eye, it's 26-1/4 long. Although this is hallmarked, the artisan could not be identified, circa 1970. This Old Pawn Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Squash Blossom is substantial jewelry for a one of a kind, southwest style statement!Taken in trade from the previous owners' son, his father collected & traded Native American jewelry in Missouri from the 1940's to the late 1970's. We can even ad a sterling extension if you need it.
The Navajo word for the squash blossom bead means bead that spreads out so it would seem to me that the original intent was design not squash. But what do I know, I wasnt around in 1880 when spread beads first appeared. In about 1880, the tri-petal form that we know as a squash blossom bead appeared. At first, tri-petal silver beads were simply interspersed with plain beads in a naja necklace.
Then stones began to be added to the blossom beads partly to please the maker but mostly to satisfy customer demand. Squash, corn and beans are important foods for the Native American people of the US southwest. They are often used in a symbolic way in jewelry and ceremonies. Some say the Navajo squash blossom necklace has a connection to southwestern agriculture, other say the the spread petal design is just that, a design, and that is was only after white man asked, what is this, what does it mean did the name squash blossom come to be. Yet others say the Navajo copied a similar Spanish design of the pomegranate.
The Naja has its origin with the Moors in Spain. It is a good luck charm to ward off the evil eye.
It was often used on the browband of Moorish Horses. It is thought that it came to Mexico via the Spanish Moors and from there was adopted by the Navajo Indians. The naja is the base pendant of many ornate squash blossom necklaces. An exact date is not available for when the stamp STERLING was first used on Native American jewelry. Items made in the 1930s would usually not have that stamp nor any other hallmark.
A few items made in the 1940s to 1950s might have the STERLING stamp, most notably, those made by Bell Traders during that time period. Pieces made in the 1950s and 1960s and later often have the STERLING indication. The Sleeping Beauty mine is seven miles outside Globe, Right here in ARIZONA.Sleeping Beauty turquoise is noted for its solid, light blue color with no matrix. The host rock is granite. Sleeping Beauty turquoise is the favorite of Zuni Pueblo lapidaries and silversmiths for the purity in color. This mine was one of the largest in North America. Now, one of the most prolific mines in the US has been closed! The Sleeping Beauty mine produced well, about 1600 pounds a month, according to information obtained from the miner/owner in 2010. The tons of tailings piles, which produced most of the turquoise, have even been exhausted. The beautiful, solid color of Sleeping Beauty is especially beloved by many Europeans. A great amount of this turquoise was exported to Italy & France alone. In its hey-day, the Sleeping Beauty mine yielded only 4% of natural, unaltered turquoise. A high percentage was enhanced, a process that only added value to the lesser grade Sleeping Beauty turquoise. After the mine closed prices began to rise. Wise people bought all they could. In one year prices have tripled. Calls come from China and Japan daily.
There is a stampede for all Sleeping Beauty. Look for the scramble to intensify, making this a Rare and very, desirable highly collectible turquoise. This Necklace is filled with elegance and it gives off a timeless look and feel. It is sure to be a great addition to any collection!
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The item "SQUASH BLOSSOM NECKLACE Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Vintage Navajo Old Pawn c1970s" is in sale since Tuesday, November 22, 2016. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Necklaces & Pendants".The seller is "elkcreektradingllc" and is located in Kykotsmovi Village, Arizona. This item can be shipped to United States.