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Vintage Sterling Silver
S437 - $750
Paula says - "This vintage medium size squash blossom necklace set was purchased from Gilbert Ortega's Indian Arts store in Gallup New Mexico. It comes in the original box. The naja was marked $1,350 on the back, so at $750 this set is a real bargain.
"At this weight and length, this is the perfect everyday necklace. I have a similar one I like to wear fastened underneath my shirt collar with 3/4 of the necklace showing - quite an attention grabber!!! A beautiful piece of wearable art.
"Are you wondering why this item is not described as Native American? You can find the answer by clicking here."
Naja 1 7/8" tall x 1 5/8" wide.
Earrings are 1 1/4" long including wire by 1/2" wide.
7 mm 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, as with this necklace, the beads are left with a protruding seam, while in other cases the seam is sanded down and polished smooth. Then the beads are strung by hand.
The Naja has its origin 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 Indians. The naja is the base pendant of many ornate squash blossom necklaces.
is associated with the sky, and bringing sky energy to earth. It is known as a
master healer stone as it is believed to help speed the healing process. It is
also thought that turquoise can help promote honest and clear communication from
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.