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Sterling Silver and Turquoise
Liberty Dime and Dollar
Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace
HK Item #N393

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Authentic Liberty Dime and Dollar Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace

Size
27 1/2" end to end;
2 3/4" x 3 1/8" naja;
10 squash blossoms 2 1/8" x 5/8";
16 mm Liberty dime beads;
8.5 mm turquoise beads
Weight
327 grams
Materials
sterling silver, coin silver, Read about silver
turquoise, Read about stones
Condition
pre-owned, excellent; no deformaties, dents or scratches; even medium patina
Hallmarks
stamped: Navajo  Sterling
Artist
unknown

Authentic Liberty Dime and Dollar Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace

Naja 2 3/4" x 3 1/8", with 1882 Dollar.

Authentic Liberty Dime and Dollar Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace

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Paula says - "This rare squash blossom necklace has an 1882 Liberty dollar coin as a centerpiece and rondelle beads made from Liberty dimes. "

Authentic Liberty Dime and Dollar Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace

16 mm beads made from Liberty dimes.
8.5 mm turquoise beads.

Authentic Liberty Dime and Dollar Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace

Authentic Liberty Dime and Dollar Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace

Hand made sterling silver clasp.


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Authentic Liberty Dime and Dollar Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace

10 squash blossoms 2 1/8" x 5/8" with Liberty dime bead ends.

 Authentic Liberty Dime and Dollar Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace

All of the silver rondelle beads are made from Liberty dimes: 32 necklace beads with turquoise bead separators; 10 squash blossoms with bead bases; 2 long barrel beads with rondelle bead ends; 1 half bead on the clasp and 2 half beads on the naja tips.

What is a Rondelle?

A rondelle, or roundel bead, is a bead that is not spherical but flattened somewhat, like a saucer.

Squash Blossom Symbolism

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 a squash blossom necklace?

"Some say the Navajo squash blossom necklace has a connection to southwestern agriculture, other say the the spread petal design is just that, a design, and that is was only after white man asked, “what is this, what does it mean” did the name squash blossom come to be. Yet others say the Navajo copied a similar Spanish design of the pomegranate – look at the end of a pomegranate sometime and compare it to the “squash blossom” bead.

"The Navajo word for the “squash blossom” bead means “bead that spreads out” so it would seem to me that the original intent was design, not squash. But what do I know, I wasn’t around in 1880 when spread beads first appeared.

"Whichever is the true account, it seems that originally Navajo silversmiths used simple silver bead necklaces to suspend their naja pendants. 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.

"While usually associated with Navajo silversmiths, squash blossom necklaces are also made and worn by Pueblo and Zuni people. Zuni necklaces usually feature needlepoint designs. Although there can be any number of squash blossoms on each side of a necklace, there are often six on each side, making twelve squash blossoms and one central naja.

"Full size squash blossom necklaces are often quite large and heavy and most suitable for occasional ceremonial wear. Smaller, lighter versions are made to be worn as everyday jewelry." - Paula

 

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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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