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10 clusters with blossoms - 1 1/2" x 3/4".
7.5 mm sterling silver bench beads strung on foxtail.
Sterling Silver, Turquoise and Coral
N379 - $695 SOLD
Paula says - "Although this necklace is made in a Native American style, we cannot find any hallmarks on it and do not know its origin. We are just selling it as-is. Origin unknown. The coral has many interesting pits and color variation suggesting real coral (see close-up photos below). The turquoise appears to me to be stabilized turquoise, perhaps Sleeping Beauty." - read more.
"For your reference, we had a very similar necklace in the past that was signed R. A. F STERLING so perhaps this one is an unsigned piece by the same artist."
Naja is 2 1/2" wide x 2 1/2" tall, turquoise on one side and coral on the other.
What is the Squash Blossom Symbol?
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.
What is Petit Point?
There are two similar
techniques of using very small pieces of stone to decorate a piece and they are
What is the Naja Symbol?
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.
What is Foxtail?
Foxtail is a fine, strong chain made with two rows of oval links arranged at 45° to one another and connected by small flat links running down the chain’s centre. This creates a braided or woven effect with a directional grain and a fullness which gives the appearance of the hairs on a fox’s tail. Foxtail withstands the constant friction of beads moving around without fraying, breaking or stretching out of shape and is often used for stringing large or heavy beads that could cut or damage cord or string.
What are 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.
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.