RB 179 Alice Lister Squash Blossom Necklace

$3,999.00

This contemporary style Navajo Squash Blossom necklace was entirely handmade of solid sterling and signed by Navajo artist Alice Lister . The necklace has a Naja that is carved from a solid piece of silver, nothing just added or pieced together. All openings are hand carved between each stone. There are 80 individual pieces of Natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise from Arizona(mine now closed),  Naja is approximately  3″ x  3″ Each side is made of 5 separate sections that are each carved from a solid piece of silver with 52 individual pieces of turquoise. Necklace is approximately 20″ in length. A single stone dangles from the handmade silver clap as a unique finishing touch. This is a true collectors piece that will complement any collection and  is certain to become a family heirloom..
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ALICE LISTER- CONTEMPORARY SQUASH BLOSSOM


Sleeping Beauty
 The Sleeping Beauty mine is located near Globe, Arizona. Its turquoise is noted for its solid, light blue color with no matrix. Sleeping Beauty turquoise is the favorite of the Zuni Pueblo silversmiths for use in petit point, needlepoint, and inlay jewelry. This mine is one of the largest in North America and is still operating.


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.


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.


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 with the “petals,” so to speak; and the horseshoe-like pendant at the bottom called the 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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