Item #857P- Vintage 50's-70's Navajo Turquoise Squashblossom Necklace

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Item #857P- Vintage 50's-70's Navajo Turquoise Squashblossom Necklace

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Large, heavy vintage 50's-70's Navajo sixteen (16) stone turquoise nugget squashblossom necklace. The silversmith has created ten (10) individual turquoise nugget "blossoms",  a six (6) stone naja pendant, and has used 0ne hundred thirty eight (138) 8mm silver seamed beads that have the stringing holes punched from the inside prior to seaming the beads together to make the necklace. This is a sign that normally helps to determine age since most beads are punched from the outside after the bead has been seamed together. The necklace also shows signs of hand filed settings which also normally shows age due to not using modern power tools such as dremel rotary drills and files. It has been strung on foxtail chain with a silver shepherd's hook clasp and eye. The turquoise is blue to teal blue with heavy brown and rust brown matrix and each beautiful cut and polished turquoise nugget is set into a smooth silver bezel wrapped with twisted wire and encased with large silver drops at 6 and 12 o'clock plus heavy gauge smooth wire between the drops and chiseled notching at the 3 and 9 o'clock position. The only exception is the center two (2) stones on the horseshoe naja which doesn't have a silver drop at 12 o'clock on the top stone and double silver drops separating the two (2) stones. Each turquoise blossom also sports a trefold fluted blossom connected to the underside and the six (6) stones of the naja are mounted to a double heavy gauge square wire horseshoe.

The complete necklace measures 28" end to end with a wearable length of 16 1/2" measured from clasp down to bottom tip of naja pendant. It weighs 174.7 grams (6.17 oz or 5.62 ozt) and is unsigned sterling silver. Each turquoise blossom measures between 1 7/16" by 5/8" across up to 1 1/2" by 7/8" across. The naja measures a 2 3/4" by 2 3/4" across. Very well made, heavy squashblossom necklace with beautiful turquoise nuggets!  $1049.95