This sterling silver and turquoise squash blossom necklace is of epic size, weight, quality, and presence. The naja alone fits in the palm of the hand, and each of the ten clusters that form the "squash blossoms" is alone worthy of its own necklace. There are few words I can find to describe the impact of this necklace on one when you see it in person. Yes, I can say "photos do not do it justice," which they do not. And I can call it the "ultimate statement necklace," which it is. I can give you the weight and tell you that the largest squash blossom necklace I've sold was less than half that weight, yet I called that squash blossom necklace "massive"! That's because I had not seen "massive" until I saw this piece. But regardless of what I write, none of it will measure up to the reality of this amazing necklace. So let me instead tell you what I know about it. The necklace came from the estate of a woman with exquisite taste, who at the time she bought it was captivated not only by the size of the piece but more so by the turquoise itself. All high grade American turquoise, the cabochons range in color from creamy blue-green to light blues and light greens to deep greens, much of which is matrixed with warm browns. It is not an exaggeration to say that some of the turquoise hues are not unlike the colors you see when peering across white sands at the Mediterranean or Gulf of Mexico. Although this turquoise is actually mined from land-locked Nevada. The owner was tall and thin, and the necklace did not overwhelm her size, but over the past several years she found herself wearing the piece less and less. We know she bought the necklace from Albuquerque's Gertrude Zachary store, and if you know anything about Native American jewelry shops in Albuquerque, you know that Zachary was a trailblazer and well-known jewelry designer, starting her business in the 1970s. Zachary employed several Native American artisans to bring a more contemporary look and feel to traditional turquoise designs. The 1990s was a period of big jewelry, and certainly squash blossom necklaces had already been through a craze of bigness, since the late 1970s. The piece weighs 578 grams, which is over 20 ounces. It is signed by Navajo artist Darrin Livingston, who started silversmithing at age 13, having learned from father Paul. Of Darrin's work: "A hallmark of Darrin’s jewelry is how is how precisely each piece is constructed and finished. We call this how “clean” the workmanship is. The stones are evenly set into tight fine silver bezels. There are no sharp edges or other careless craftsmanship. His pieces are obviously the work of an artist who takes no shortcuts and whose care for quality of every piece that leaves his studio is professional and complete."
The naja measures 4" wide by 5" long, and each of the twelve clusters is 2-3/4" long by 1-1/2" wide. Two strands of silver beads moving into a single strand toward the top. This necklace is 37" tip to tip, and it hangs when worn to about 20"--which is slightly longer than 37" halved, and that's because of the extra length of the naja. This is a good 5" longer than the standard squash blossom necklace. This piece is best suited for a long torso, male or female. The sterling silver is brushed finish. All turquoise cabochons are well seated. The silver foxtail wire onto which it is strung does have small tails protruding at the top, which I would not clip.
A one-of-a-kind heirloom treasure.
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