Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace Sterling Silver Malachite S
This necklace is estate fresh. It is Southwestern tribal and Navajo styled, but it is not hallmarked so I cannot tell you who made it or the tribal affiliation.
This is an unusual squash blossom necklace in that it was designed with no naja and has a large stone set pendant instead.
Strung with a double row of hogans and melons or sterling silver bench beads. The round hogans measure a diameter of 8mm, 6mm and 5mm. The melons are 11mm long. If you look closely at the beads in the front of the necklace, one side has one less bead. This was to make the necklace hang straight. The center pendant does pitch forward just a little.
The stones are malachite instead of the traditional turquoise. The stones are embellished with twisted wire and leaves. The center pendant measures 1 1/2" by 1 1/4". The others are smaller. The blossoms are 1 7/8".
It is 24 1/4" long. Strung on cable. One stone has crusty stuff on it. May be glue, but I see no reason for it.
Weighs 146.5 grams.
Has not been cleaned or polished to preserve the original patina and value as a genuine vintage piece. It is tarnished.