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Ray Begay, Navajo  -  Sterling Silver
Vintage Coral Squash Blossom Necklace
HK Item #N701

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Authentic Native American sterling silver and coral shadowbox Squash Blossom necklace 24 inch by Navajo silversmith Ray Begay

size
21" end to end
14 blossoms 1 1/2" long;
10 mm hand finished bench beads;
2 3/4" x 2 1/4" naja
weight
129 grams
materials
sterling silver, Read about silver;
coral, Read about stones;
foxtail chain
condition
vintage, pre-owned, excellent; stones firmly set with no cracks, chips or missing pieces; bright patina
hallmarks
stamped: STERLING Ray B
artist
Ray Begay, Navajo

Authentic Native American sterling silver and coral shadowbox Squash Blossom necklace 24 inch by Navajo silversmith Ray Begay

Authentic Native American sterling silver and coral shadowbox Squash Blossom necklace 24 inch by Navajo silversmith Ray Begay

Authentic Native American sterling silver and coral shadowbox Squash Blossom necklace 24 inch by Navajo silversmith Ray Begay

Authentic Native American sterling silver and coral shadowbox Squash Blossom necklace 24 inch by Navajo silversmith Ray Begay

Horsekeeping LLC Native American Pawn

Ray Begay, Navajo
Vintage Sterling Silver and Coral
Shadowbox Squash Blossom Necklace

N701 - $2,100 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)


Paula says - "The previous owner of this beautiful necklace told us she purchased it in 1993 from a store in El Paso, Texas."

Authentic Native American sterling silver and coral shadowbox Squash Blossom necklace 24 inch by Navajo silversmith Ray Begay

Authentic Native American sterling silver and coral shadowbox Squash Blossom necklace 24 inch by Navajo silversmith Ray Begay

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

Authentic Native American sterling silver and coral shadowbox Squash Blossom necklace 24 inch by Navajo silversmith Ray Begay

14 shadowbox squash blossoms 1 1/2" long.

Authentic Native American sterling silver and coral shadowbox Squash Blossom necklace 24 inch by Navajo silversmith Ray Begay


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Authentic Native American sterling silver and coral shadowbox Squash Blossom necklace 24 inch by Navajo silversmith Ray Begay

24 inches end to end.  14 squash blossoms.

Authentic Native American sterling silver and coral shadowbox Squash Blossom necklace 24 inch by Navajo silversmith Ray Begay

10 mm hand finished bench beads strung on foxtail with hook and eye.

What is the Squash Blossom Symbol?

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. 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 A SHADOWBOX?

Shadowbox is an overlay design technique where there is space between the top and bottom layers of sterling silver creating a 3-dimensional shadow effect. The bottom layer is often darkened to enhance the shadowbox effect.

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 . . .

About Silver

100% solid silver won't tarnish but it is too soft to use for making jewelry - it could easily be scratched, dented and bent. Sterling silver has a small amount of one or more other metals usually copper, added to the silver. To be called sterling silver, the alloy must contain at least 92.5% pure silver. Sterling silver alloy is harder than pure silver but the added metals also can cause discoloration or tarnish.

Read more about silver.

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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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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