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Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace,
Bracelet and Ring Set

HK Item #S503

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Kingman Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, Bracelet, Ring Set

condition
pre-owned, excellent, bright to medium patina; stones firmly set in smooth bezels with no cracks or chips
necklace
26" end to end;
naja 3" x 3";
blossoms approx. 2" long;
8.5 mm bench made beads strung on chain
bracelet
6 1/4" total inside circumference (including 1 3/8" gap) and approximate wrist size. See diagram below;
1 3/4" tall at front
ring
size 8 1/2;
1 1/4" tall at the front
materials
turquoise, Read about stones
sterling silver, Read about silver
weight
set is 304 grams
hallmarks
bracelet stamped: AY
artist
bracelet by Alvin Yazzie, Navajo; see Paula's comment above

About Native American authenticity.

Kingman Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, Bracelet, Ring Set

8.5 mm sterling silver bench beads. Sterling silver cones with hook and loop.


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Kingman Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, Bracelet, Ring Set

Kingman Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, Bracelet, Ring Set

Kingman Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, Bracelet, Ring Set

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Squash Blossom Necklace,
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Paula says - "The previous owner of this set stated she purchased the entire set in 2014 from Robert White and Mr. Montoya of Sunwest Silver Co in Albuquerque who verbally verified it as Kingman Turquoise and said the necklace was made by Nalwood. There is no hallmark on the necklace or ring. The bracelet is stamped AY, the mark of Alvin Yazzie."

Kingman Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, Bracelet, Ring Set

Naja is 3" x 3".

Kingman Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, Bracelet, Ring Set

Bracelet size 6 1/4" including 1 3/8" gap; 1 3/4" tall at front.
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Kingman Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, Bracelet, Ring Set

Kingman Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, Bracelet, Ring Set

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Kingman Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, Bracelet, Ring Set

Ring size 7, is 1 1/4" tall at the front.
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Kingman Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, Bracelet, Ring Set

Squash blossom necklace strung on foxtail is 26" end to end.

Kingman Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, Bracelet, Ring Set

ABOUT TURQUOISE

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.

Kingman Turquoise

The Kingman mine, located in Mohave County, Arizona, has been operated by the Colbaugh family since the 1970's. It is known for producing bright blue stones with white and black matrix, considered by many to be the best turquoise in North America. Old authentic natural Kingman turquoise is extremely rare.

In the 1950s S. A. "Chuck" Colbaugh developed a modern method for stabilizing the color and strength of turquoise. It is an expensive process that takes over 3 months to assure that the turquoise does not crack while being treated. Basically, the moisture is removed from the stone and replaced with an optically clear resin, the same type as used in jet fighter windows. The turquoise is then allowed to dry naturally for two to three months. Although other mines have turquoise stabilization facilities, those at the Kingman mine are widely regarded as the best.

Marty Colbaugh (Chuck Colbaugh's grandson) now runs the Kingman mine and continues the stabilizing tradition began by his grandfather. He says if natural turquoise is not treated, it can become oxidized with oils from the skin and change color. The products that Kingman uses for stabilizing turquoise are clear and no dyes are ever used so the natural turquoise color is preserved and no discoloration occurs.

Squash Blossom Symbolism

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.

What is a squash blossom necklace?

"Some say the Navajo squash blossom necklace has a connection to southwestern agriculture, other say the the spread petal design is just that, a design, and that is was only after white man asked, “what is this, what does it mean” did the name squash blossom come to be. Yet others say the Navajo copied a similar Spanish design of the pomegranate – look at the end of a pomegranate sometime and compare it to the “squash blossom” bead.

"The Navajo word for the “squash blossom” bead means “bead that spreads out” so it would seem to me that the original intent was design, not squash. But what do I know, I wasn’t around in 1880 when spread beads first appeared.

"Whichever is the true account, it seems that originally Navajo silversmiths used simple silver bead necklaces to suspend their naja pendants. In about 1880, the tri-petal form that we know as a squash blossom bead appeared.

"At first, tri-petal silver beads were simply interspersed with plain beads in a naja necklace. Then stones began to be added to the blossom beads partly to please the maker but mostly to satisfy customer demand.

"While usually associated with Navajo silversmiths, squash blossom necklaces are also made and worn by Pueblo and Zuni people. Zuni necklaces usually feature needlepoint designs. Although there can be any number of squash blossoms on each side of a necklace, there are often six on each side, making twelve squash blossoms and one central naja.

"Full size squash blossom necklaces are often quite large and heavy and most suitable for occasional ceremonial wear. Smaller, lighter versions are made to be worn as everyday jewelry." - Paula

What is a Naja?

The horseshoe shaped naja originated 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 Navajo Indians. The naja is the base pendant of many ornate squash blossom necklaces: read more . . .

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