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Stamped sterling silver beads on foxtail.
Nelson - Navajo Sterling Silver
Paula says - "These are hand made sterling silver Navajo beads. Each bead is hand drawn, punched for holes, stamped, soldered, polished and hand strung on foxtail.
"These handmade sterling silver bead necklaces are often called Navajo Pearls or Desert Pearls."
Sterling silver cone ends with hook and eye clasp.
|Foxtail is a fine, strong chain made with two rows of oval links arranged at 45° to one another and connected by small flat links running down the chain’s centre. This creates a braided or woven effect with a directional grain and a fullness which gives the appearance of the hairs on a fox’s tail. Foxtail withstands the constant friction of beads moving around without fraying, breaking or stretching out of shape and is often used for stringing large or heavy beads that could cut or damage cord or string.|
Excerpt from Paula's blog:
Authentic Native American sterling silver Navajo Pearl beads are getting more difficult to find as they are very labor intensive to make. There are many sterling silver bead necklaces available but if you want Native American handmade Navajo Pearls, it will help to know more about them before you buy.
How Navajo Pearls are Made
Handmade (hand made) beads
are very labor intensive, being entirely hand crafted: cutting, stamping, dapping,
drilling, soldering, filing, polishing, stringing is all done by hand. Because
each bead is made individually, there might be slight variations from bead to
Graduated beads usually consist of 5 sizes of beads. There is often one large bead at the center and the others graduate smaller from the center toward the ends.
Most Navajo Pearls are strung on foxtail, which is a strong woven silver cord that can be sterling silver, nickel or other metals.
Weight of Sterling Silver Beads
The final weight of a necklace depends on the gauge, or thickness, of the sterling silver sheet that is used to make the beads. Weight affects drape - a heavier necklace often hangs with a smoother shape than a lighter one.
Choosing a Length of Navajo Pearls
A choker is a small necklace that fits comfortably around the neck and is perfect for peeking out from underneath an open collared shirt or displayed openly when wearing a tank top, a V-neck tee shirt or halter top. Most women wear a choker size 16-19. Chokers are ideal for use with pendants. Navajo pearls in the 19-22 inch range are great for wearing over a collared shirt, a sweater or a turtleneck the added length gives the space need for over-the-clothing use.Longer necklaces, those up to 28 inches in length can be used alone or in combination with fetish, heishi or squash blossom necklaces.