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Ella Peter, Navajo
Vintage Squash Blossom Style
Animal Necklace
HK Item #N458

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25" end to end;
centerpiece 2 1/4" x 1 3/4";
sidepieces:, longest is beaver at 1 7/8", shortest is rabbit at 1 3/8";
7 mm bench beads strung on chain
114 grams
sterling silver, Read about silver
stamped: Ella Peter STERLING

Ella Peter, Navajo

Ella Peter, Navajo silversmith was born April 2, 1943 in the Tsa-ya-toh area in New Mexico on the Navajo reservation. At a very young age, she learned the art of making jewelry and weaving baskets from her father. She has been making jewelry for over 45 years and is a master silversmith. Ella currently resides in Mentmore, New Mexico.

vintage, pre-owned, excellent; medium bright patina



. . . beavers, rabbits wolf.


Ella Peter, Navajo
Vintage Squash Blossom Style
Animal Necklace

#N458 - $750 plus s/h

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Paula says - "The reason we call this necklace "squash blossom style" is because it is constructed like a squash blossom necklace as far as the silver beads and length but is made with animal figures instead of squash blossoms.

"Each animal is cut out and stamped by hand.Very fine workmanship."


Centerpiece 2 1/4" x 1 3/4".


Figures handcut and hand stamped.
Squirrels, foxes, badgers . . .

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Necklace is 25 inches end to end with a hook and loop clasp.
7 mm bench beads strung on chain.


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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.

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.

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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