Vintage Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace

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Vintage Sterling Silver
Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace

HK Item #S437

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Excellent Vintage sterling silver Turquoise Petit Point Squash Blossom Necklace
26" inner circumference;
Naja 1 7/8" tall x 1 5/8" wide
7 mm bench beads

Earrings 1 1/4" including wire x 1/2" wide
75 grams
Turquoise, Read about stones
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Vintage, Pre-owned, Excellent; all stones firmly set and intact with no cracks or chips; see photos for patina

Excellent Vintage sterling silver Turquoise Petit Point Squash Blossom Necklace

Excellent Vintage sterling silver Turquoise Petit Point Squash Blossom Necklace

Gilbert Ortega

Gilbert Ortega, a descendant of pioneer settlers and Indian traders, was born in 1936. He began working in his fatherís reservation trading post along a stretch of Route 66 when he was still a child. This work experience enabled Gilbert eventually open his first store in Gallup, N.M., where he began a wholesale Indian jewelry business - Gilbert Ortega's Indian Arts. By the mid 1970s he had 16 stores in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona and was considered one of the kings of Native American jewelry.

Gilbert Ortega Sr. passed away in 2003 and his children took over the business.

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Horsekeeping LLC Native American Pawn

Vintage Sterling Silver
Turquoise Petit Point
Squash Blossom Necklace

S437 - $750


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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."

Excellent Vintage sterling silver Turquoise Petit Point Squash Blossom Necklace

Naja 1 7/8" tall x 1 5/8" wide.

Excellent Vintage sterling silver Turquoise Petit Point Squash Blossom Necklace

Earrings are 1 1/4" long including wire by 1/2" wide.

Excellent Vintage sterling silver Turquoise Petit Point Squash Blossom Necklace

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.

Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal by exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance. All items in our Vintage Shop have some patina, even NOS.
30 years or older.
New Old Stock. Made at least 20 years ago but never used.
An item that has been used.

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Store Policies

The Naja

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.

TURQUOISE 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 the heart.
Turquoise comes in all shades of blue, to blue-green and it is the natural variations in turquoise that make it appealing. The color of turquoise in American Indian jewelry ranges from brownish green to bright blue. Found in veins sandwiched in between layers of mother rock, turquoise can show some of the influence of the mother rock in its matrix or veining. The matrix colors range from blue to golden brown to black and sometimes with golden flecks. Many people prefer turquoise with matrix over clear stones. Read more about stones.


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.

Read about authenticity of Native American Indian jewelry.

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