Vintage Navajo Sterling Silver Squash Style Overlay Necklace

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Willie Yazzie, Navajo - Sterling Silver Overlay
Vintage Squash Style Overlay Necklace
HK Item #N383

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Authentic Vintage Native American sterling silver squash Blossom Style sterling silver overlay necklace 25 inch by Navajo Willie Yazzie

Nine discs with figures including yei, thunderbird, badger paw, roadrunner.

Size
25" end to end;
2 3/8" x 1 7/8" centerpiece;
1 1/2" diameter side pieces;
7.5 mm handmade beads strung on chain
Weight
189 grams
Materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
Condition
vintage, pre-owned, some light scratches; no dents or deep scratches; medium patina
Hallmarks
stamped: image of a medicine man's dipper
Artist
Willie Yazzie Navajo

Authentic Vintage Native American sterling silver squash Blossom Style sterling silver overlay necklace 25 inch by Navajo Willie Yazzie

Hallmark is the image of a medicine man's dipper.

Authentic Vintage Native American sterling silver squash Blossom Style sterling silver overlay necklace 25 inch by Navajo Willie Yazzie


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Willie Yazzie, Navajo
Vintage Sterling Silver Overlay
Squash Style Overlay Necklace

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Paula says - "The reason we call a necklace like this "squash blossom style" is because it is constructed like a squash blossom necklace as far as the silver beads and length but is made without squash blossoms."

Authentic Vintage Native American sterling silver squash Blossom Style sterling silver overlay necklace 25 inch by Navajo Willie Yazzie

2 3/8" x 1 7/8" centerpiece.

Authentic Vintage Native American sterling silver squash Blossom Style sterling silver overlay necklace 25 inch by Navajo Willie Yazzie

7.5 mm handmade beads strung on chain.

 

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 Authentic Vintage Native American sterling silver squash Blossom Style sterling silver overlay necklace 25 inch by Navajo Willie Yazzie

25 inches end to end.

Authentic Vintage Native American sterling silver squash Blossom Style sterling silver overlay necklace 25 inch by Navajo Willie Yazzie

What is Overlay?

Native American overlay pieces are made of two layers of sterling silver. The bottom layer is a solid piece while the top layer has a cutout design. The cutout layer is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, heated so that they become one solid piece of sterling silver. The bottom layer, or background, that shows through the cut out portion of the top layer is often darkened for contrast.

Hopi silversmiths typically texture the background layer with hash marks while Navajo artists often leave the background smooth. Hopi artists tend to use geometric designs and symbols similar to those used in their pottery and baskets. Navajo silversmiths tend to create scenes depicting everyday life using people, animals, buildings and landscapes to tell a story - this style is called "overlay storyteller jewelry". Read more about overlay here.

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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Patina
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.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.

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Native American Jewelry blog tips and informationWe are in the vintage Native American jewelry rescue business and are passionate about finding new homes for used and vintage jewelry and artifacts. That's why we purchase Native American pieces from estates, inheritances, collection downsizing and New Old Stock (NOS) inventory from closed stores.

Often people contact us after taking a box of Native American jewelry to their local pawn shop and find that a pawn shop is mainly interested in melt value of the metals and not in preserving the beautiful historic pieces. To hear that people have considered selling these treasures for melt value makes us truly sad.

Melt value is usually far below what we would offer for the jewelry. Yet we can't pay retail price for items because of the time and cost involved in finding new homes for them. We have to research, often repair and restore the jewelry, photograph and list each item on our website, and sometimes hold pieces in inventory for years until the right buyer comes along.

We hope you'll find something special in our vintage shop that will complete yet another circle of our jewelry re-homing mission.


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