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Denet Clark, Navajo - Sterling Silver
Vintage Squash Blossom Necklace
HK Item #N442

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Authentic Native American Vintage greem turquoise squash blossom necklace by Navajo artist Denet Clark

Size
28 1/2" end to end;
4" x 3 3/4" naja;
sidepieces approx 2 1/4" long
8mm beads strung on chain
Weight
348 grams
Materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
turquoise, Read about stones
Condition
vintage, pre-owned, excellent; stones firmly set with no cracks, chips; or missing pieces; even medium patina
Hallmarks
stamped on dangle: DC  Sterling
Artist
Denet Clark, Navajo

Authentic Native American Vintage greem turquoise squash blossom necklace by Navajo artist Denet Clark

Authentic Native American Vintage greem turquoise squash blossom necklace by Navajo artist Denet Clark

Authentic Native American Vintage greem turquoise squash blossom necklace by Navajo artist Denet Clark

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Denet Clark, Navajo
Sterling Silver
Vintage Green Turquoise
Squash Blossom Necklace

N442 - $1,950 plus s/h
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Paula says - "This vintage squash blossom is made from heavier sterling silver stock than most contemorary necklaces of this type. Beautiful green turquoise stones, excellent workmanship and exceptional condition. A real treasure!"

Authentic Native American Vintage greem turquoise squash blossom necklace by Navajo artist Denet Clark

Naja 4 " x 3 3/4".

Authentic Native American Vintage greem turquoise squash blossom necklace by Navajo artist Denet Clark

Sidepieces approx 2 1/4" long.

Authentic Native American Vintage greem turquoise squash blossom necklace by Navajo artist Denet Clark

Authentic Native American Vintage greem turquoise squash blossom necklace by Navajo artist Denet Clark

8mm handmade beads strung on chain.

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Authentic Native American Vintage greem turquoise squash blossom necklace by Navajo artist Denet Clark

28 1/2 inches end to end; 8mm handmade beads strung on chain.

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.
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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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