Item #860X- Vintage Pre-70's Navajo 20pc Turquoise Nuggets Naja Necklace

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Item #860X- Vintage Pre-70's Navajo 20pc Turquoise Nuggets Naja Necklace

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Beautiful vintage pre-70's Navajo twenty (20) stone turquoise nugget naja necklace! The necklace consists of one hundred twenty four (124) 8mm silver seamed beads, twelve (12) oval cut and polished blue turquoise nuggets with brown matrix along with silvery pyrite, and a naja that sports eight (8) more turquoise nuggets that graduate in size from smaller on both ends to largest in center. All of the stones are set into individual saw tooth bezels with the naja stones being wrapped with deep decorative cut smooth wire separated from the next with two (2) large silver drops. The naja frame consists of sheet silver cut to form around the outer decoration with an added sheet silver "teardrop that supports the single nugget that drops down in center. It also has the thick silver decorative double hole clasp that allows the foxtail chain to run through. All of the turquoise nuggets are natural untreated, hand cut, and tumble polished. They also appear to be high quality in hardness. All of the beads are made "old style" which when the silversmith makes each half bead he punches the hole which when the two halves are soldered together appears the holes are punched from inside the bead out leaving a lip around the hole. This process is more time consuming than the beads made today and in my opinion are more desirable.

The nuggets range from 7/16" by 3/8" across up to 5/8" by 3/4" across. The naja measures 2 3/4" by 2 3/4" across and including the clasp/bale is 3 3/8" tall. The complete necklace measures approximately 25" end to end with a wearable length of 15 5/8" long. It's strung on silver foxtail chain with handmade hook-n-eye clasp. It weighs 168 grams (5.93 ounces or 5.40 troy ounces) and is unsigned Sterling Silver. It does have an old store stock number scratched on it which appears to be FKIIX? Beautiful heavy vintage Navajo high end crafted turquoise naja necklace!  $1379.95