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VINTAGE NAVAJO TURQUOISE SQUASH-BLOSSOM NECKLACE: This is an amazingly crafted Navajo Squash-blossom Necklace with its large Lime Green Turquoise decorated Naja. The Turquoise stones, most likely from Nevada mines, have a matrix varying from gold to brown. The Sterling Silver used to make the beads and blossoms is much more substantial than that used in more modern Squashes. You literally can't squeeze the blossoms out of shape. There is a double strand of alternating large and small beads holding the 10 blossoms. The double row turns into a single row of very subtly tapered small beads. Every bead, even the smallest, is stampwork decorated, as is the Naja. On the back of the Naja is “R BRD” and “Sterling”. This is the hallmark of the prominent Navajo artist, Robert Bird. It has a hook and eye closure.

Condition: Excellent. Moderately heavy in weight.
Size: Length 24”, blossoms including 2 beads 1 5/8” long. Naja 3 1/8” high, 3” wide, 1/4” deep. Beads vary from 1/2” in diameter to 1/4”.



SANTA DOMINGO 10 STRAND TURQUOISE NECKLACE: The jewelers of the Santa Domingo tribe are the masters of bead making and bead jewelry. Each of these 10 strands is made up of green and brown Cripple Creek Turquoise with larger beads centrally gradually tapering to smaller ones at both ends. There is a tiny Olivella Shell bead between each of the Turquoise beads as well as a short string of them at the ends of the 10 strands. What craftsmanship! The 10 strands lead to a wrapped band containing a flexible wire that fits comfortably around your neck. The very talented Lester Obeyta fashioned this masterpiece. I know that because I have the descriptive form that Garland's Indian Jewelry gives you with each purchase. I will include that form which tells me I purchased it in 2008 and what I paid for it – substantially more than my price. Enjoy!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total length 30”, length of beads 22”. Beads diameter varies from 3/8” centrally to 1/8” at each end.



VINTAGE NAVAJO TURQUOISE & SILVER CONCHO BELT: This is a classical Navajo Concho or Concha Belt initially consisting of 10 Conchas on the belt plus the larger belt buckle. I removed one and turned it into a choker on a black velvet ribbon. It can easily be put back on the belt if you desire. My friends at Garland's tell me that “Concha” is the more accurate name. They were first made by the Southern Plains Indians based on the shape of the Concha Shell. Theirs were made of undecorated silver. The men wore them hanging vertically from their hair and the women wore them as belts. The Navajo silversmiths added the Turquoise and stampwork decorations in the late 1800's. This one has a flower petal design on each Concha with a blue-green Turquoise stone set in the center. There is a brass loop on the back of each for the belt. The artist's initials “AR” are on the back of the buckle. The Vintage Sterling Silver Conchas are more substantial than more modern ones. The belt comes with a “ConchoKeeper” pouch and a polish cloth. See photos.

Condition: Excellent. Some light superficial scratches.
Size: Belt length 39”, width 1”. Belt holes fit 32” to 38” waist, additional holes can be made. Conchas 2” wide, 1 1/2” high. Buckle 3” wide, 2 1/4” high.



NAVAJO 12 STRAND CORAL NECKLACE: What a beauty! Made of Tree Branch Red Coral the 12 strands are grouped in 3's with 3 Silver decorative beads holding each strands of 3 together at various points along their path. Each group of 3 is a different length so they spread out at the bottom of their loop. The red strings from each strand are wrapped together at both ends to make the disc and loop closure. I find the coin used as the disc of interest. It is an Indian (country) coin dated 1950. Around the profiled figure it says “George V King & Emperor”. He was the emperor of India until his death in 1936. Indian gained its independence in 1947 and is now a member of the British Commonwealth. I'm sure the artist did not choose this particular coin at random but felt it had some meaning. Coral is becoming increasingly rare and thus increasingly more expensive.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Length 23” to 26” at bottom. Coral beads vary from 1/4” to 1/2” long. Silver beads 5/8” in diameter.



NAVAJO MULTI-STONE SQUASH-BLOSSOM NECKLACE: This beautiful Squash consists of 12 different colored stones rather than the usual blossoms. They are attached to a double row of Sterling Silver beads with a stampwork decorated Naja dangling at the bottom. Six of the stones are different varieties of Turquoise,, 2 are shell, the large purple oval is Charoite and the 2 other purple Sugilite. All are set in Sterling Silver. On the back of the Charoite stone are the artist's name “Begay”, “Navajo Reservation Made”, “Sterling” and a Navajo deity figure. These are all repeated on the back of the decorative Silver Naja. The artist is John Ba'he Begay, Jr. The necklace has a hook and eye closure.

Condition: Excellent
.Size: Length 24”. The stones vary from 7/8” to 1 1/4” in length. The Naja is 2 1/2” high, 2 1/2” wide, 1/8” deep.



NAVAJO NIGHT SKY INLAY CUFF: This Navajo Cuff from my personal collection is one of my most beautiful. It features the Night Sky with the moon, planets and a myriad stars. Interestingly, the central feature is the Sunface, usually a Zuni symbol. The Turquoise stair-steps probably represent clouds. The moon and lower half of the Sunface are made of Mother-of-Pearl, the upper half Turquoise, Coral and Alabaster. The stars are made of Silver, the red ones of Coral and the planets Turquoise. The inlay is set in a very substantial Sterling Silver Cuff framed with a bead design. Inside the cuff are the initial “WS”, “Sterling” and the rays of the sun. In general Zuni artists have been the masters of inlay work – fitting small stones or shells together like a puzzle. Willie Shaw, a Navajo jewelry artist, has obviously mastered it as well as he shows in this work of art.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Width 1 1/2”, depth 1/8”. Inlay 3” long, 7/8” high. Inner circumference 6 7/8”, opening 1 1/2”. Fits medium wrist.



SANTO DOMINGO TREASURE NECKLACE & INLAY PENDANT: I call this a Treasure Necklace because it has the whole gamut of Native American semiprecious stone beads plus shell and silver beads, silver feathers and fetishes. At the bottom hangs a beautiful Mosaic Inlay Pendant with an abstract design made up of Onyx, Turquoise, red Jasper, Lapis, Alabaster, Mother-of-Pearl and Silver. The Inlay is in a stampwork decorated Sterling Silver setting. On the back is a Thunderbird hallmark and the artist's name “D Coriz”. Daniel Coriz is a very talented Santo Domingo jewelry artist who, besides traditional Santo Domingo beads, has also mastered Zuni inlay work. Another Garland's purchase. The necklace has a hook and chain closure.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total length including chain 29”. The 4” chain allows shortening to 25”. The pendant is 3” high, 2” wide, 1/4” deep.



NAVAJO INLAY RUG DESIGN ON GOLD & SILVER CUFF: This is a simple, yet elegant, idea – decorating a Cuff with a Native American rug design. The Sterling Silver Cuff has a large 14 KT Gold area decorated with large Corn Stalks on both sides. Corn was a significant gift to the People by the Creator--it represents life to the Navajo. The central Inlay Rug Design is made up primarily of onyx and coral with a stripe of Jasper on the right and Alabaster on the left. Inside the cuff is stamped “Sterling”, “RB” and “14 K”. The Arizona Navajo artist was the talented Richard Begay who passed away in 2013.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Width 1”, depth 1/8” and 3/16” over the rug. Inlay is 5/8” high, 7/8” wide. Inner circumference 7 1/8”, opening 1 3/8”. Fits medium wrist.



NAVAJO INLAY RUG DESIGN IN SILVER PENDANT: This Rug Design Inlay is cleverly placed in a loom-shaped Sterling Silver setting with a nice sized bale. The rug is made up of Onyx, Coral and Jasper Inlay. On the back it has “RB” and “Sterling”. The Arizona Navajo artist was the talented Richard Begay who passed away in 2013. It goes nicely with the Begay Cuff (NA243).

Condition: Excellent. Neck wire not included.
Size: Total height including bale 2 3/4”. Pendant 2 1/8” high, 1 1/2” wide”, 3/16” deep over inlay.



STUNNING ZUNI INLAY CROSS PENDANT: This beautiful black, red and white Zuni Cross is fashioned from Onyx, Coral and Mother-of-Pearl. It is an example of how the Zuni artists have perfected Native American Inlay work. All these small pieces fit perfectly into their Sterling Silver setting. Note how tiny some of the pieces are at the top of the cross. Amazing craftsmanship! The cross is hung from a chain by a hook on the back. The artist's initials “DC” are on the back along with “Sterling”.

Condition: Excellent. Chain not included.
Size: Height 3” high, 2” wide, 3/16” deep.



HOPI NECKLACE & PENDANT: I am particularly fond of Hopi Jewelry but it doesn't sell well. I am hoping you might like this piece with a Lavender stone (Charoite) Bead Necklace and the addition of a Purple Sugilite stone to the traditional Hopi designed Overlay Sterling Silver Pendant. The quality of Hopi jewelry can be judged by the intricacy of the design and the fineness and darkness of the tiny lines in the lower layer of silver. The necklace's silver findings have a hook and eye closure. The back of the pendant has a hook to hang from the necklace and the artist's name “Poseyeva” with his Bear Claw hallmark. Phil Poseyeva is a highly respected Hopi artist featured at Garland's Indian Jewelry just north of Sedona – one of my favorite play pens!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Length of necklace 25”. The pendant is 2 1/2” high, 1 3/4” wide, 1/4” deep over stone.



NAVAJO SILVER & SPINY OYSTER SHELL CROSS PENDANT: This handsome Navajo Sterling Silver Cross – decorated with stampwork, 5 small Spiny Oyster Shell crosses and a Heart in the center – makes for an eye-catching Pendant. It has a sizable bale and I like to balance the size of the cross with a large decorative silver neck wire. Despite the size, the spiral construction of the neck wire allows it to be both springy and bendable so it can fit any neck size. Though not photographed it says “Italy 925” (Sterling Silver) on the back. On the back of the cross is the artist's name “Gary G”, “Sterling” and “Rocki” (purchased from Rocki Gorman's Santa Fe shop). Gary G. Sanchez is a very talented Navajo artist based in Albuquerque. The neck wire is for sale but the cross can be purchased by itself.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total length including bale 4 5/8”. Cross 3 3/4” high, 3” wide, 1/4” deep. Neck wire 14 3/4” long, 5/16” in diameter.



ZUNI SPINY OYSTER SHELL PIERCED EARRING: Though not a set, these Zuni floral designed Spiny Oyster Shell and Sterling Silver Pierced Earrings go very nicely with the Cross Pendant (NA247). The colors varies from light peach to purple. The bottom portion dangles freely from the flower blossom button at the top from which the post extends. I think they look best with the lower portion curved in towards your cheek. They are very light weight. The artist's name “A Pinto” is on the back of one of them.

Condition: Like new.
Size: Total length 3 1/2”. Dangle length 2 1/4”, width 1 3/4”, depth 1/8”. Floral button at top 3/4” in diameter, 1/8” deep.



NAVAJO SPINY OYSTER SHELL BUTTERFLY RING: To continue with the Spiny Oyster Shell theme, we have a striking Navajo Butterfly Ring set in Sterling Silver. There are bands of Onyx around the body and antennae framed by narrow bands of Mother-of-Pearl. The ring band is made up of 5 silver wires. It says “Sterling” on the back. This one has a ring size of 7 3/4. I don't post many rings because I have small hands but I have a “zillion” lovely Native American Rings. If any of you have small (6 3/4 - 8 ring size) and are interested in seeing more of my rings for great prices – let me know.

Condition: Like new.
Size: Butterfly 2 1/4” long, 1 1/2” wide, 3/16” deep. Band 5/16” wide, Ring Size 7 3/4”.



NAVAJO TURQUOISE BUTTERFLY CUFF: I have a special fondness for all sort of critters inhabiting my jewelry. This Navajo Sterling Silver Cuff features a large Sterling Silver Butterfly with Nevada's Blue Diamond Turquoise wings. The cuff is made up of 5 triangular shaped bands. The cuff is marked “Gary G” and “Sterling”. Gary G. Sanchez is a very talented Navajo artist based in Albuquerque. Let this butterfly land on your wrist!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Butterfly 2 1/4” long, wider wings 3 1/4” wide. Cuff tapers from 2 1/4” wide in front to 3/4” wide in back. Inner circumference 6 3/4”, opening 1 1/4”. Fits medium wrist



NAVAJO SQUASH-BLOSSOM CORAL NECKLACE & PIERCED EARRINGS: Some of my collectors have mentioned that they are unable to wear most Squashes due to their weight. Here is a more delicate and light weight Navajo Squash-blossom Necklace with a matching set of Pierced Earrings. The Sterling Silver Squash contains 10 silver blossoms on a single silver bead necklace and 3 Coral Stones decorating the Naja. The earrings contain a similar inverted crescent with a Coral Stone dangling within a silver circle. The Squash has a hook and eye closure. The earrings have Shepard Hooks for pierced ears.

Condition: Excellent. Light weight.
Size: Length 25”, blossoms 1” long. Naja 2 1/8” high, 2 1/8” wide, 1/4” deep at stones. Beads 1/4” in diameter. Earrings 2” long. Circle 1 1/8” in diameter, crescent 5/8” in diameter.


For The Set


NAVAJO SILVER & CORAL BELT BUCKLE: This is a large but feminine Navajo Sterling Silver Belt Buckle decorated with Stampwork with an oval Coral Stone in the center. The attractive design ends in a fringed edge. On the back it has the initials “HC”, “Sterling” and “W. /. Yellowhorse”. The Yellowhorse family members have been Navajo Jewelry artists for 3 generations. The family business, headed by Artie Yellowhorse, employs other artists including Henry Chackee who made this Belt Buckle.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Width 3 3/4”, height 2 3/4”, depth 1/2”. Coral stone 5/8” long, 5/16” wide. Belt loop will hold up to a 1 3/4” wide belt.



NAVAJO TURQUOISE PIERCED EARRINGS: This is a pair of lovely Royston Turquoise Earrings blue-green & brown in color with a golden matrix. They are set in Sterling Silver and dangle from decorated Silver buttons with the post on the back. The artist's hallmark, “DEBBIE” over a hogan, is that of Debbie Alessandro, a member of a prominent Arizona Navajo family of jewelry artists. These (along with many of my Native American pieces) were purchased at Garland's Indian Jewelry where I play “dress up” for most of a day in their gorgeous shop each Sedona trip we take. Located in Indian Springs along Oak Creek between Sedona and Flagstaff. Don't miss it!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total length 2 1/4”. Stone 1 1/4” long, 3/4” wide, 1/4” deep. Silver button 1/2” in diameter.



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