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Vintage Navajo Sterling and Bisbee Mine Turquoise Stones Squash Blossom Necklace

Hallmarked RC on an attached sterling tab, my references indicate this is a piece by Albuquerque, New Mexico artisan Rose Castillo, whose hallmark was changed to RD, for Rose Castillo Draper several years ago, upon her marriage to Lee Draper. The stones are what first drew me to this Squash Blossom Necklace—the gem-quality Bisbee mine stones are such a vivid color, and the dark matrix on the larger stones makes for an outstanding natural look. The organic design of the naja also impressed me—her attention to stone shape and size relationships, the overall shape of the naja is very appealing with the design rendering a soft look. The 10 blossom elements are attached to the sterling chain with a single sterling bar with loops on either end. The stones are all set in flat bezel, accented with coiled wire and the thick outer sterling frames are chisel stamped in such a way that they are affectively turned into Zia symbols. The naja measures 3.25” wide by 3 3/8” tall, the largest stone measures 15/16” by 11/16” and the smallest measures 7/16” by 3/8”. The stones on the blossoms graduate from .75” by .5” to 7/16” by .5”. The overall length of the blossoms graduate from 1 7/8” to 1.5”. There are 136 hand made beads that are .25” in diameter. The necklace is 29” around including the handcrafted clasp and it weighs 7.1 ounces. This piece appears to be an early work when compared to similar pieces by her of a more contemporary nature—this Squash Blossom Necklace incorporates techniques and design elements of an early traditional Navajo style. The necklace is in pristine condition with considerable age patina.

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