This stunning vintage lariat or Y-necklace features a host of different gemstones in many colors, and although we see colors like golden yellow, pinks, greens, black, and browns, the predominant shades are blue thanks to the extra number of turquoise stones throughout. The necklace pre-dates more modern lariats, which can be light. This one has good weight, with each of those three sections looking and feeling substantial. The links connecting each section are all handmade, as is the silver chain that finishes off the necklace and has a lobster claw closure. The necklace was made circa 1980s by Navajo silversmith Emer Thompson, who I don't believe is active any longer yet was known for this multi-gemstone cluster style. Lariat necklaces have become popular pieces that tend to be more contemporary and less heavy than the squash blossom necklace--all while still making a statement. What I like about this piece is that it is not too long and can be worn at the chest level versus dropping down below the bosom. The piece came with earrings that are similar, presumably by the same artist. I am selling them separately, however, as the necklace can be paired with anything and the color palette is slightly different for the earrings, which can be found here: :
The necklace measures about 21" end to end, although can be adjusted shorter by latching the hook onto a different link. The hang length is closer to about 10-11" depending on the girth of one's neck. So you see, the necklace really is shorter than the standard lariat. The biggest pendant measures 1-5/8" by 2-1/8". The necklace weighs 79g. In great vintage condition.
An amazing treasure!
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