Vintage Silver Squash 101 – Navajo – 1960’s- ribbon wining

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Vintage Silver Squash 101 – Navajo – 1960’s- ribbon wining

$2,650.00

Often defined for its age and or time period, the 1940s through 70s (or so) would often be referred to as “vintage” while anything newer would be modern to contemporary. Our collection of VINTAGE JEWELRY has been hidden away for many years with a private collector. Released under the promise anonymity, this collector is letting Spirit of Santa Fe offer it for sale. We guarantee its 100% authenticity along with all-natural stones, sterling silver, handcrafted stamp work, and even a few hand wrought sterling silver pieces. More importantly every piece is one of a kind and is a window into a time period when Indian Jewelry was known for its rare, beautiful stones and sometimes RAW craftsmanship by today’s standards.

Our 3-generations of trading with the Native Americans have given us this opportunity which we are honored to offer to our valued new and existing customers.

VERY RARE- Vintage 1960’s squash blossom necklace. solid sterling silver wtih handmade beads and sand cast Naja & blossoms. Unsigned by the artist it does still have the original tag with the item #, exhibitor #, artist and judges names from the Inter-Tribal Ceremonials in 1963, Gallup, New Mexico. Measuring 22″ including the Naja.

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1963 3rd place winning squash blossom necklace. Sterling Silver hand crafted.


Often defined for its age and or time period, the 1940s through 70s (or so) would often be referred to as “vintage” while anything newer would be modern to contemporary. Our collection of VINTAGE JEWELRY has been hidden away for many years with a private collector. Released under the promise anonymity, this collector is letting Spirit of Santa Fe offer it for sale. We guarantee its 100% authenticity along with all-natural stones, sterling silver, handcrafted stamp work, and even a few hand wrought sterling silver pieces. More importantly every piece is one of a kind and is a window into a time period when Indian Jewelry was known for its rare, beautiful stones and sometimes RAW craftsmanship by today’s standards.

Our 3-generations of trading with the Native Americans have given us this opportunity which we are honored to offer to our valued new and existing customers.


SQUASH BLOSSOM NECKLACE

While squash blossom imagery can be found in petroglyphs (rock art) that pre-date European contact in the Southwest, Dubin said the squash blossom necklace was created in the late 1870s or early 1880s after the native people of the area made contact with Spanish Mexicans.

The Navajo, it is believed, were the first tribe to adopt the design, but by the early 1900s, the art form had spread to neighboring tribes, including the Zuni and the Pueblo.

While the entire necklace has taken its name from one type of bead, the classic squash blossom necklace actually has three distinct parts: the plain round beads; the round beads Naja.

Naja is also representative of the womb, and when a squash blossom necklace features a single turquoise nugget suspended from the Naja, it is often interpreted to be symbolic of a child in the womb.

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Naja Symbol Meaning

The naja is a crescent-shaped piece that is often worn alone as a pendant or as the center piece of a squash blossom necklace in Southwestern Indian jewelry. … The word “naja” is the Navajo word for “crescent”. “Najais the name the Navajo gave to a symbol believed to have originated in the Middle East in ancient times. Like some many symbols, it was created as a talisman for protection, with the Moors affixing it to their horses’ bridles to ward off the evil eye.

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Sterling silver

Is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925.

SILVER, for example 99.9% pure silver, is relatively soft, so silver is usually alloyed with copper to increase its hardness and strength. Sterling silver is prone to tarnishing, and elements other than copper can be used in alloys to reduce tarnishing, as well as casting porosity and fire scale. Such elements include germanium, zinc, platinum, silicon, and boron. Recent examples of alloys using these metals include argentium, sterlium, sterilite and silvadium.

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