NAVJAO HANDCRAFTED SQUASH BLOSSOM BY THOMAS FRANCISCO SQUASH BLOSSOM NECKLACE
This is a medium sized squash blossom necklace with beautiful green Turquoise.It is set in a antique finish sterling silver. The Navajo artist is Thomas Francisco. He is known for his traditional styled jewelry. The Necklace measures approximately 26″ in length and features 18 blossoms (measuring 1″ x 1/2″) and a small Naja (measuring 1″1/2 x 1″1/2). The Naja is made with a style called the sandcast-method. Perfectly balanced and comfortable.
Squash Blossom History: While squash blossom imagery can be found in petroglyphs (rock art) that pre-date European contact in the Southwest, Dubin said the squash blossom necklace was created in the late 1870s or early 1880s after the native people of the area contacted Spanish Mexicans. The Navajo, it is believed, were the first tribe to adopt the design.
Stone: Sonoran Gold Canyon Turquoise is an interesting turquoise from Senora, Mexico, near Nogales, Arizona, and its neighbor: Nogales, Mexico, which is the northernmost point in all of Mexico. The series of mines bearing this name are on several sites contingent to the American border. Very little hard natural material has been mined here. Most has needed stabilizing to be useful.