We're on pg. 42 of "COWBOYS & INDIANS" this month.
Native American jewelry is like yachts and limos. The bigger the better. You could wear this in either the yacht or the limo. It may be the most unusual (while remaining traditional), intricate squash blossom the Drifter has ever acquired. It is unique. It contains both Mediterranean coral and Sleeping Beauty turquoise. The piece in the middle of the naja has turquoise on one side and coral on the other. The highly detailed Sterling silver was very tarnished when it was acquired, but was hand-cleaned (without destroying the aged patina), bringing it back to life. Today there are squash blossoms at astronomical prices. Vintage, real Native American-made (not that offshore lightweight thin-gauge fake-stone trash that is especially prevalent on the internet) have soared in pricing due to the virtual disappearance of these authentic museum-quality pieces. This piece could validly be priced in the $5k to $10k range if compared to other squash blossoms priced in that range. You will never find another like it, but we price things to sell, wear and enjoy—not to sit on a shelf and impress. It really is an investment that is already worth more than its current price.