Vintage Zuni Silver Squash Blossom Necklace with Natural Turquoise Petit Point Stones

$1,800.00

Circa 1940’s, this vintage Zuni silver squash blossom necklace is adequately decorated with a traditional floral petit point designs in natural turquoise. In excellent condition, it is strung on a foxtail chain and displays all of it’s radiant high-quality stones without cracks or discoloration. With its hand wrought sterling silver beads and classic composition, this piece is a smaller sized squash blossom necklace with an easy lighter weight. The elegant turquoise cluster flowers are adorned with silver flowers and delicate squash blossoms, balancing the dainty size of the radiant naja pendant.

Zuni Petit point  The most traditional Zuni style of jewelry is called petit point, which can be identified by tiny turquoise stones each supported in its own bezel, or metal “sleeve.” It is extremely time-consuming work and is very delicate in appearance. Petit point began around 1920-1930 and was a unique form of turquoise jewelry created by  the Zuni Indians. A petit point stone is a tiny round, oval, rectangle, pear or square shaped stone  hand cut by a Zuni indian lapidarist. Zuni petit point jewelry is unique to the Zuni artisans and not made anywhere else in the world.

 

25″ around the neck

2  1/8″ length of naja

2  1/8″ width of naja

1  3/16″ squash blossoms

 

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The Naja Symbol - The naja, (an inverted crescent) has represented a variety of meanings throughout ancient history. Used as a symbol for the Phoenician goddess of fertility, and for the Spanish Moors as protection from the "evil eye". The Navajo adopted the symbol from the Spanish, originally using it as decoration for their horses headstalls. Later it became the crowning achievement of their squash blossom necklaces, as no squash blossom is complete with out it. The Navajo claim there is no precise symbolic significance of the naja, however, it is prevalent in their culture and held in high esteem.

The Squash Blossom Symbol - Squash blossom beads and /or pendants originate from an interpretation of the pomegranate-shaped buttons worn on the pants of the Spanish. In truth, this symbol was possibly misnamed by a trader whom through they looked like squash blossoms. Squash blossom necklaces represent an integration of cultures and continue to be an important design in Native American jewelry.

 

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 4 in