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Vintage Sterling Silver
10 squash blossoms approximately 1 3/4" long.
Vintage Sterling Silver
$950 plus s/h
Paula says - "I'm not sure of which mine this turquoise is from, but the stones are gorgeous with charcoal, black and silver matrix all set securely in smooth sterling silver bezels. This necklace is in excellent vintage condition with no broken pieces or missing stones.
"Are you wondering why this item is not described as Native American? You can find the answer by clicking here."
Naja is 3" wide x 3" tall.
Sterling silver bench beads are 7 mm diameter.
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.
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 made by an 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 authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.