In times of old, as well as modern days, Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklaces were/are worn as a symbol of one's status, wealth and cultural belonging by the Native American peoples. In fact many of our indigenous Americans shun the American banking system in favor of pawn shops when they need cash. "The wealth of the indigenous peoples of the Americas traditionally had to be portable, and jewelry was not just for decoration and embellishment; it was as much a wearable bank for the owner. It also depicted rank and social class within a tribe." (Excerpt IndianTraders.com)
This Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace is an iconic Object of Beauty, featuring the Fleur de Lys, or Flower of Lily silver details which set off the gorgeous turquoise cabochons.
Sand cast in an old pawn style, the Sterling, crescent shaped Naja is 2-1/2" tall and 1-7/8" wide.
16 "petals" are bezel-set with genuine and natural Sonoran Blue cabochons, and all are strung on 8mm bench (seamed) bead strands.
Measures 26" long, including the hook and eye clasp.
French hook earrings measure 2".
Stamped Sterling and hallmarked by the one and only, talented Garrison Boyd, whose work is just spectacular!
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"Technology and creative methods were passed between tribes; for example, the Zuni first incorporated silver into their jewelry designs in the 1870s, after learning the craft of silver-smithing from the Spanish in the 1850s. This knowledge soon traveled to and was adopted by the Hopi, the Navajo, and the Apache, among others." (Excerpt IndianTraders.com)