Squash Blossom Necklace signed 1973


American Indian Silversmith

Artist Signed in etching pen by Vickie Tortalita Jan 25, 1973 Sterling Silver and Bright Blue Natural Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace.

Handmade beads with 14 applied blossoms adorn this understated version of a traditional Pueblo American Indian necklace style.  

The crescent pendant at the bottom is called the Naja and it is a symbol of fertility.  This Naja is made with heavy silver wire that has been twisted and forged, with handmade leaves applied to each terminal and 3 natural turquoise stones carefully set.

26" in length with the Naja measuring 2 1/2" wide and 3" tall.   Finished with a heavy hook and eye clasp and strung on silver foxtail chain.

A favorite of Ruby's, this necklace was found in a New Mexico trading post selling Old Pawn during a trip she made with a girl-friend from college.  They were visiting Taos for the weekend and on the way they stopped in a little town on the way that her Grandfather had told her about.  American Indian families and jewelers often used these pawn arrangements for quick cash when times were tough and would buy their pieces back when money was easier to come by and some even used them a an outlet for their artwork.  Ruby wears this with jeans and a t-shirt or as a statement-piece at the office and always receives compliments when she does...


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