This unique Navajo squash blossom necklace was made sometime in the 1970's. The necklace features (12) 1942 liberty dimes. They are 90% silver and part of series of dimes made up to 1945. The necklace has 16" of silver beads with an additional 14" of handmade chain. The Naja is made using the "sandcast method", it measures 2" x 2". In addition it is removable from the necklace. The necklace has a dark antique finish from natural oxidation.
SQUASH BLOSSOM NECKLACE WITH VINTAGE 1942 LIBERTY DIMES The dimes are part of the series of 90% silver coins known more formally as the "Winged Liberty Head" dime. Designed by renowned artist Adolph A. Weinman in 1916, the series ran until 1945. It earned its more common "Mercury" moniker because of Miss Liberty's striking resemblance to the ancient Roman god of the same name Naja Symbol Meaning The naja is a crescent-shaped piece that is often worn alone as a pendant or as the center piece of a squash blossom necklace in Southwestern Indian jewelry.... The word "naja" is the Navajo word for "crescent". "Naja" is the name the Navajo gave to a symbol believed to have originated in the Middle East in ancient times.