Item # 509F- Lg Heavy Vintage Navajo 20 Stone Turquoise Squashblossom Necklace

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Item # 509F- Lg Heavy Vintage Navajo 20 Stone Turquoise Squashblossom Necklace

1,379.95
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  Beautiful heavy vintage Navajo twenty stone Cerrillos turquoise squashblossom necklace! Made with a total of one hundred forty two (142) silver 8mm seamed beads, two (2) 6mm silver seamed beads, fourteen (14) turquoise decorated blossoms with four-point flutes, and a large six (6) stone turquoise decorated naja. The turquoise is a higher quality Cerrillos brilliant blue turquoise with brown and dark brown matrix encircled with white. The stones range from 3/16" across by 5/16" long up to the largest stone on the naja which measures 3/8" across by 1/2" long. Most of the stones are 5/16" across by 3/8" long. Each turquoise stone is set in a saw toothed bezel and mounted to a blackened scorched silver base. Each blossom consists of encircling the stone with carinated wire with decorative notching on both sides. The silversmith continues with a large silver drop at the bottom and three (3) large drops at top stamping a circle into the center drop and the bottom drop. He finishes by attaching a four (4) prong flute under the setting and applying decorative stamping completely around the flute. Each blossom measures 3/4" wide by 1 7/8" long. The turquoise naja consists of a large silver blackened and scorched silver plate at top with three (3) stone encircled with decoratively notched carinated wire and circle stamped silver drops between each stone. The artist runs a large heavy gauge carinated wire horseshoe across the center of the plate with a stone at each end. Under the horseshoe is a single stone also encircled with carinated wire with circle stamped silver drops and pieces of carinated wire finishing the decoration.

The large decorated turquoise naja measures approximately 3 3/8" by 2 3/4". The full necklace measures 27 3/4" end to end with a wearable length of 16 1/4" long and is strung on silver link chain with a large hook-n-eye clasp. It weighs 273.6 grams (9.65 ounces or 8.80 troy ounces)and is hand signed WATSON by Navajo silversmith. The necklace has me sort of stifled whereas it shows signs of 30's-40's era yet the beads are much newer than that? Not sure if it has been restrung with new beads of if it's what they call "Revival" piece? Either way it's a very beautiful and heavily decorated Navajo necklace!  $1379.95