This vintage unmarked Native American squash blossom is stunning in all silver--the large sized beads combined with that large naja with big starbursts on ends and center combine to create an effect that only an all-silver squash blossom necklace can. Elegance, subtlety, and attention. Attention in the way that the quiet and respected person in the room draws all ears when finally speaking up. This is not about flash, even though it is all silver, and it's not about size, even though the large hand soldered beads carry a subtle patina and are substantial. The naja is uncommon, with a fan at the top reminds me of the fan or crown we see atop hearts to create the icon "Sacred Heart." I have to wonder if the fan is, in fact, a crown. That is part of what makes this squash blossom necklace stand out. The naja form was brought to the Southwest (then considered the "New World") from Spain and Morocco and adopted by the Navajo and other Native Americans. This particular piece came from an Albuquerque estate. Given the characteristics of those extra big beads and the naja, we know this piece was made in the 1950s to 1960s.
Measuring end to end, this squash blossom necklace is on the long side at 29-1/2" in length, with a 3" by 3" naja. To get a sense for the hang length, take off about 4" accounting for the curve of the neck, divide the necklace by 2 then add in the length of the naja. For this necklace, that calculation would indicate a hang length of close to 16", and slightly longer for a slender neck. Weighs a whopping 243g. In very good condition with just a few of the seams in the beads showing gaps.
The squash blossom necklace as a form was and still is worn by Native Americans during ceremony--and this piece with its simple design is perfect for male or female.
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