Paula says - ""The beads on squash blossom necklaces are rarely stamped. But each of these beads is stamped both top and bottom. PLUS, the squash blossoms are also stamped! Something I don't ever remember seeing before. This is a very unique and well made necklace with some hand made and some machine made components.
"A Navajo silversmith whom I admire and respect said this- 'The beads are stamped and shaped to domes by machine, then soldered together by hand. The blossoms are stamped out and then curved and shaped by hand. There is a ridge along either side of the joining seam on the beads - those are the sign that the beads were pressed by a machine and not domed by hand.'
"In my opinion, this necklace shows all the design characteristics and workmanship of being Navajo made. But because we can't attribute the hallmark to a specific artist we can't legally sell it as Native American made - read more."
Naja is 2 3/8" tall x 2 3/8" wide with a turquoise pendant hanging in the center.
Beads are stamped on both sides.
Stamped blossoms are 7/8" long and have a uniform shape.
Sterling silver shepherd's hook closure.
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 represents abundant life.
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 came to Mexico via the Spanish Moors and from there was adopted the 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.
Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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|A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.|
|30 years or older.|
|New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.|
|An item that has been used.|
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.