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Santo Domingo / Navajo crafted "Squash Blossom" motif necklace in sterling silver with black onyx accents from the Mary and Everett Teller collection
Made entirely by hand at the Teller family studio in New Mexico comes this lovely and unique squash blossom motif necklace with black jet accents. Showcasing the precision and talents the Teller family of artists this squash blossom necklace is among the top of the line in contemporary jewelry from Native American artists today. The Teller family of artists are well respected an highly regarded as leaders in the art of Native American jewelry making.
Using solid sterling silver and a technique known as "overlay" the "naja's or horseshoes" featured on this necklace are actually two distinct layers of sterling silver. One layer is the shape of the naja and the second layer has the design cut-out's found on each naja. After the designs are finished the second layer of sterling silver is annealed to the bottom layer thus creating a finished naja. This process is time consuming and requires a great deal of precision but when completed in the way the Tellers demonstrate, it will yield a very unique and special piece.
To complete the work, each naja is finished with a single cabochon of natural black onyx matched specifically for the piece. This squash blossom necklace we see today is tomorrow's treasured collectible.
Made entirely from solid sterling silver including the beads, the naja's featured on this necklace are graduated in size ranging from 2.5 inches wide for the bottom center naja to 1.75 inches wide for the top two. The necklace is set to fit a 20 inch neckline but can be professionally adjusted if needed.
***Earrings pictured with this necklace are sold separately
The Teller family signed the necklace on the back side for authenticity.