Navajo crafted sterling silver Squash Blossom necklace in sand-cast motif with turquoise accents

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Navajo crafted sterling silver Squash Blossom necklace in sand-cast motif with turquoise accents

2,195.00

Navajo crafted sterling silver Squash Blossom necklace in sand-cast motif with turquoise accents

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Navajo crafted sterling silver Squash Blossom necklace in sand-cast motif with turquoise accents

Following in the foot-steps of the oldest style of Native American jewelry comes this wonderful Navajo crafted sand-cast squash blossom. Highlighting a classic "sun burst" motif the necklace was created in a method called sand-casting. Originally used by the early Native silversmiths through a method taught to them by the Spanish, early jewelers would take two separate pieces of sand-stone to create a mold for a design they wanted to craft. One of the sand stones was carved with the design. Molten silver was then poured into the cut-out design. Immediately following, the second piece of sand stone was placed on top of the molten silver. The mold cooled sufficiently to allow the silver to harden. The mold was broken open revealing a single, unique design in solid silver. It was a crude and simple but highly effective way to create beautiful works by silversmiths.

Today, modern Native artists replace sand-stone with a more stable equivalent called tufa stone. Tufa allows the Native artists to achieve the same results of sand-casting and is much safer. The process of tufa / sand-casting still only allows for "one-pull" of a piece of jewelry which makes pieces such as this sun-burst motif squash blossom very unique.

Original sand-cast jewelry items were almost always plain sterling silver. Turquoise and other gems were added much later as a way for the Navajo artists to show value to their jewelry creations and to celebrate their culture.

This Navajo crafted sun-burst motif squash blossom is solid sterling silver and features natural Kingman mine turquoise from Arizona. The necklace is set to fit a 24 inch neckline but can be adjusted as needed. The Blossoms measure approximately 2 inches wide each and the Naja at the center bottom measures approximately 3 inches across.

A modern classic!

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