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Austin Martinez, Navajo
Squash Blossom Style
Vintage Magnesite and Coral Necklace
HK Item #N451

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Vintage Magnesite and Coral necklace 20 1/2 inch

20 1/2 " end to end;
3 1/4" drop;
8 mm bench beads
96 grams
coral, magnesite, Read about stones
sterling silver, Read about silver
inscribed: A. Mtz Sterling
Austin Martinez, Navajo
vintage, pre-owned, dark patina; stones firmly set; bottom stone has a tight hairline crack

Vintage Magnesite and Coral necklace 20 1/2 inch

Vintage Magnesite and Coral necklace 20 1/2 inch

8 mm bench beads strung on foxtail with hook and loop clasp.


Austin Martinez, Navajo
Vintage Squash Blossom Style
Magnesite and Coral Necklace

N451 - $395 plus s/h

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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."

Vintage Magnesite and Coral necklace 20 1/2 inch

Magnesite and red coral drop is 3 1/4" tall.
Bottom stone has a tight hairline crack.

Vintage Magnesite and Coral necklace 20 1/2 inch

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What is Magnesite?

Magnesite is a usually white stone with brown, gray or black inclusions or matrix. It resembles White Buffalo but is much softer, more porous and not as brilliant white. Magnesite is sometimes erroneously called "white turquoise". It is a beautiful natural white when polished but it has also been dyed to resemble (and be sold as) turquoise, lapis lazuli and other colorful stones.
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About Red Coral

Red Coral is the common name given to Corallium Rubrum and several related species of marine coral. Red coral is a collection of hundreds of tiny animals living together in a colonies that resemble small leafless bushes growing on dark, rocky seabottom. The coral skeleton is composed hard calcium carbonate, colored in shades of red from pale pink to deep red. It can be semi-translucent to opaque. It is naturally matte, but can be polished to a glassy shine. Red coral is frequently dyed to enhance color and it can also be impregnated with resins or epoxies to fill surface fissures and flaws.

Coral jewelry has been found in ancient Egyptian and prehistoric European burials. The Romans believed coral could protect children from harm, as well as cure bites from snakes and scorpions and diagnose diseases by changing colour. Read more . . .

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.

What is Foxtail?

Foxtail chain 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.

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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.

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.

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