This is a very nice Zuni Native American Squash Blossom Necklace. It is made from sterling silver and turquoise. The total length of the necklace is 26". It has 10 beautiful squashes on it. The large center naja is 2 1/2" by 2 3/4". Turquoise is the birthstone of December and it is believed that it brings good fortune and strength.
A stunning, one of a kind, hand wrought sandcast vintage Navajo sterling silver Squash Blossom Necklace!!! Native American Sandcast sterling silver jewelry is a unique and recognizable style of jewelry. The surface has a patina with a soft sheen and a brushed look. The jewelry often has shapes and swirls that have an “Old Spain” appearance. The sandcast pieces are made with a generous amount of sterling silver and have a high quality feel and weight. Silversmithing techniques were brought to the New World by the Spanish and taught to the people of Mexico. By the 1850s, Navajo people in the Four Corners area had acquired some silver work from Mexican craftsmen through trading. The Navajo people wanted to learn to work with silver so they traded livestock for silversmithing lessons and learned the technique from the Mexicans.
Metal: Sterling Silver
Metal purity: 925
Stone: Turquoise (23)
Closure: Eye & Hook
Condition: very good condition, minimal surface scratches