Zuni Sterling Silver Needlepoint Necklace and Earrings Ring Set
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Necklace is made from 12 miniature turquoise needlepoint squash blossoms.
Earrings are 1 3/8 inch long including earwires
Sterling silver seed beads with slight antiquing.
Necklace is 18 1/2 inches long.
Peina - Zuni
NS328 - $750 plus s/h
Paula says - "If you are enamored with the symbolism and design of squash blossom necklaces but your big heavy ones live in your jewelry box, this miniature is for you. The workmanship is exceptional; this necklace set is precious in every way."
In the center is a stellar needlepoint naja that is 1 1/2" tall x 1 1/4" wide.
Needlepoint - There are two similar techniques of using very small pieces of stone to decorate a piece and they are often confused.
Naja - 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 was handed down from the Spanish Moors to Mexico and then to the Navajo Indians. The naja is the centerpiece of many ornate squash blossom necklaces.
Squash Blossom - Corn, squash and beans are the traditional mainstays of the southwestern diet, culture and symbolism and are used in many ways in art and ceremony. The squash blossom necklace represents abundant life.