Vie and Jacob Bobelu Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Petit Point Squashblossom Necklace SetItem No: 10394
Zuni silversmiths Vie and Jacob Bobelu handcrafted this iconic squash blossom necklace. One of the most recognized necklace silhouettes in the world, it's a must-have for a collector of Native American jewelry.
In this necklace, two strands of ridged sterling silver beads are accented by fluted beads of sterling silver and blue turquoise, accompanied by a matching set of turquoise earrings.
Bold, timeless, beautiful, and elegantly crafted, this will be the crown of your collection of Native American jewelry.
- Necklace Set handcrafted by Vie and Jacob Bobelu (Zuni Pueblo)
- Sterling silver
- Blue turquoise
- Petit point
- Hook and eye closure
- Necklace measures 24” long x 2-1/2” wide
- Earring measures: 2" x 1/2” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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This turquoise squash blossom was handcrafted in sterling silver by skilled Zuni Pueblo artists. For centuries these artists have fashioned gemstones, stone and shell into lasting jewelry pieces. Since learning silversmithing in the 19th century, Native American artists have been unmatched in their ability to arrange gemstones in sterling silver. From cluster work to channel inlay, these artists have pioneered distinctive styles that showcase their lapidary and silversmithing excellence.
Turquoise beads have been made in the Southwest for thousands of years. The Ancestral Pueblo people (formerly referred to as Anasazi), ancestors of today’s Pueblo tribes, mined turquoise in Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. Chaco Canyon, a major Ancestral Puebloan center, was at the center of turquoise trade routes stretching from the Pacific Northwest to Central America.
Turquoise was not set in silver until the late 19th century after Navajo and Zuni artisans learned metalsmithing. The blue and green gem quickly became a favorite with Native American silversmiths, and was extremely popular with tourists visiting the Southwest in the early 20th century.
Some Native Americans believe the gem was a gift from the spirits and call it the Sky Stone. Today, turquoise is one of the most iconic images of the Southwest and is still revered among Native American jewelry artists.
The squash blossom necklace is a bold statement piece that represents a storied legacy of jewelry-making by Native Americans of the Southwest. The central inverted crescent, called a naja, was an ornament that the Spanish used on horse bridles and may have originally come from Moorish designs.
Fluted blossoms were another silver ornament used by Spanish and Mexican people to embellish their clothing. Possibly derived from European pomegranate flowers, this decorative shape was called a squash blossom by Navajo silversmiths.
Silver beads were introduced to North America by Europeans, and by the 19th century these beads were prized by the Navajo and other Southwestern Native cultures. When Navajo artisans first learned silversmithing in the 1850s, these beads became a staple of Navajo jewelry.
The first squash blossom necklace was created around 1880, blending these three elements into a distinctive and enduring form. Today, the squash blossom necklace is an icon of Native American and Southwestern jewelry, and one of the most recognized types of jewelry in the world. Though it is an emblem of Southwestern style, it has been embraced by American fashion designers, making its way into high fashion. One of the most valuable and collected forms of Southwestern Native art, squash blossom necklaces are timeless heirlooms that will be enjoyed for generations.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
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