This squash blossom necklace features black onyx set in German Silver, not sterling, as the base metal. Vintage Southwestern jewelry was often made of this nickel alloy, especially in the late 1970s to early 80s, when both demand for and the price of silver soared. This piece was made in that timeframe, which we know because that was also when the shadowbox leaf motif style of jewelry was popular. Shadowbox is a method whereby a bezel is set onto a flat foundation, and then more silver is domed around the bezel to create a raised frame--and in this case applied leaves create that shadowbox effect. Shadowbox has a weighty look and in this case has nice weight. The beads are machine made, but the naja was made by hand as were the squash blossoms. Since the necklace is unmarked, we can't say for certain that it is Native American; hence, we call it Navajo style and/or Southwestern.
The necklace features ten leaf "pendants" that function as squash blossoms and a naja, which measures about 3-1/4" wide by about 3" tall. Measures about 23-1/2" end with a hang length of about 12" depending on the girth of the neck. Weighs a whopping 196g. The piece has some tarnish, and that darkened German silver looks even more dramatic against the blue. In good vintage condition.
Beautiful, affordable vintage piece.
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