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Handmade hook and loop closure.
9 mm bench beads.
Bench beads are partially manufactured and partially hand made. Usually the halves are machine cut and the silversmith solders the two halves together. Sometimes bench beads are left with a protruding seam but in other cases the seam is sanded down and polished smooth. Then the beads are strung by hand.
Vintage Sterling Silver
N269 - $950
Paula says - "This vintage squash blossom necklace set has 20 beautiful red stones set in smooth bezels, on a necklace of sterling silver bench beads. The stones look very much like coral to us because of the slight variation in color between the stones. This necklace is in excellent vintage condition.
"Are you wondering why this item is not described as Native American? You can find the answer by clicking here."
Naja is 3 1/4" wide x 2 1/2" tall.
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 adoptedthe Indians. The naja is the base pendant of many ornate squash blossom necklaces.
Red Coral (also called Red Branch Coral)
Coral jewelry has been found in ancient Egyptian and prehistoric European burials. The Romans believed coral could protect children from harm, as well as cure bites from snakes and scorpions and diagnose diseases by changing colour.
NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.
Why isn't this item called Native American?
The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be madean enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many vintage items, even if they are Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.