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Sterling Silver
Vintage Squash Blossom Necklace
with Kingman Turquoise Dangle
HK Item #N441

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Authentic Native American Vintage squash blossom necklace with Kingman turquoise dangle

Size
27" end to end;
2" x 2" naja;
8mm and 10mm beads
Weight
176 grams
Materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
Kingman turquoise, Read about stones
Condition
vintage, pre-owned, excellent; stone firmly set with no cracks or chips; or missing pieces; even medium patina
Hallmarks
stamped on naja: RB
stamped inside each squash blossom: S.T.C. copyright symbol and STERLING (we were unable to determine the origin of the blossoms)
Artist
unknown

Authentic Native American Vintage squash blossom necklace with Kingman turquoise dangle

Authentic Native American Vintage squash blossom necklace with Kingman turquoise dangle

Authentic Native American Vintage squash blossom necklace with Kingman turquoise dangle


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Paula says - "In my opinion, this item shows all the design characteristics and workmanship of being Navajo made. But because we are unable to attribute the RB hallmark to a specific artist (many artists have used it) we can't legally sell it as Native American made - read more."

"The beautiful beads are stamped with the Greek Key design - they could be hand made as each one is slightly different and the seams all are slightly irregular one from the other. The blossoms that have been soldered onto the larger beads bear markings that lead me to believe they are likely machine made but some have claimed that STC is a silversmith - I just do not know."

Authentic Native American Vintage squash blossom necklace with Kingman turquoise dangle

Naja 2" x 2" with a Kingman turquoise dangle.
Beautiful traditional stamping.

Authentic Native American Vintage squash blossom necklace with Kingman turquoise dangle

Authentic Native American Vintage squash blossom necklace with Kingman turquoise dangle

Authentic Native American Vintage squash blossom necklace with Kingman turquoise dangle

8mm and 10mm beads.

Authentic Native American Vintage squash blossom necklace with Kingman turquoise dangle

27 inches end to end strung on chain.

What is the Greek Key Design?

The Greek Key, or Eternal Life, design is a border design borrowed by the Hopi from ancient Greek architecture. It is also called a meander pattern which represents the twisting and turning path of a river or labyrinth.

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

What is a Naja?

The horseshoe shaped naja originated 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: read more . . .

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.

Read about authenticity of Native American Indian jewelry.

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.

Our Rescue Mission
of
Native American Indian Jewelry and Artifacts

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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