• Old, likely pre-1970's true 'vintage,' 18-stone Persian turquoise Navajo squash-blossom necklace. #2390

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    This stunning work of art is not for the meek—or the weak.  It weighs 329-grams, or 11.6-ounces.  It contains old Persian turquoise—arguably the most famous turquoise on this planet and no longer available, for obvious reasons.  Around the turn of the century (not THIS century!), Lorenzo Hubble—of the famous 'Hubble Trading Post—started importing turquoise from a 2,500-year-old mine in what was then Persia (now Iran).  Hubble's early efforts in this regard contributed in large part to the trend toward adorning Native silver jewelry with turquoise stones (further details are contained in books by turquoise collector Mark Bahti).  Because of the provenance; the stones and the smithing—and that the original owner is in her 80's—we are going out on a limb here and stating this squash was likely made prior to 1970—before the use of modern electric jewelry-making tools, and is thus legitimately "vintage."  We don't state that lightly, as we don't erroneously hype our jewelry.  This is not a baby-size squash.  End-to-end it is 31 inches—not counting the length of that knock-out, 3 and 3/8th's-inch Naja—which adds another 2 and 5/8th's-inches to the 'hang length."  It should hang roughly 15-inches down from the back of a lady's neck.  Of course Navajo men wear squash blossoms too, as well as the Drifter now and again.  This hand-made piece is not quite as polished and perfect as a modern-day squash that utilizes machined parts, etc.  But it has "the look" that most modern squashes will never attain.  Complimentary USPS tracked Priority shipping within the U.S.  Enjoy, enjoy!