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Twelve squash blossoms approximately 1 1/2" long including stone setting.
Paula says - "I'm not sure which mine this beautiful turquoise is from, but the word BISBEE is written on the back of the naja, a likely reference to the famous Bisbee mine in Arizona (see below). If it is Bisbee turquoise then this necklace is quite a find.
"The stones are clear for the most part, and they show variation in color from light blue to light green. This color change is normal in aging turquoise. The stones are undamaged and secure in smooth bezels. The sterling silver has a dark, rich patina. This necklace was likely made in the 1970s or before."
Naja is 3" tall x 2 3/4" tall.
"BISBEE" is written on the back of the naja.
9 mm stering silver bench beads.
The Squash Blossom Necklace
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. Read more . . .
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.
Bisbee turquoise was a by-product of copper mining near Bisbee, Arizona. It is known mainly for its brilliant blue color and smoky webbing. Bisbee turquoise was found at all levels of the copper mine from 100 to 2000 feet and the quality and coloration varies widely from layer to layer. Often the stones have a matrix of brown, gray or black, but clear stones of blues and greens have also come from the Bisbee mine. There was never that much turquoise mined in Bisbee to begin with and now the mine is closed. What remains today is in the hands of old miners and long-time collectors. Because of its hardness, quality and scarcity Bisbee turquoise is one of the most valued turquoise in the world today.