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The Squash Blossom Necklace

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The Squash Blossom Necklace

The squash blossom necklace is perhaps the most well known expression of Native American jewelry. The squash blossom necklace can be seen worn in Navajo celebrations and by Hollywood movie stars. Its development portrays a history of diverse civilizations. The squash blossom necklace can add a look of distinction, and owning one can be a great source of pleasure and satisfaction. First we will describe just what a squash blossom necklace is composed of. The squash blossom necklace contains round silver beads, large flowering silver beads(or squash blossoms), and an upside down crescent(or "naja"), at the bottom of the necklace....

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Orville Tsinnie Jewelry

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Orville Tsinnie Jewelry

Orville Tsinnie was a person who took great pride in doing well whatever he did. This Navajo artist did not start silversmithing until he was 27 years of age. Orville Tsinnie was content as the Assistant Director of Personnel for the Navajo Nation, and took time for a visit to see his sister Roselyn. Roselyn was married to Horace Emerson, a Hopi silversmith. While visiting, Orville Tsinnie made a pin with inlaid stones. This was the beginning of his career as a silversmith! Orville soon left the inlay work and Hopi style. He then concentrated on a purely Navajo traditional...

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Inlay Jewelry

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Inlay Jewelry

Inlay jewelry is arguably the most popular made by Native Americans. Seeing a piece of Native American inlay jewelry, with turquoise and multi-colored gemstones, has always been most enjoyable for me. The precision of the intricate inlay  work is usually quite amazing! The Zuni Tribe, masters of lapidary, began doing inlay work when they were introduced to silversmithing by the Spanish. Their lapidary skills were easily applied to silver, and later gold. Though they were the first of the Native Americans to do inlay work, it was done as far back as the Egyptians. King Tut's famous gold sarcophagus was...

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Turquoise Jewelry

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Turquoise Jewelry

Turquoise is one of the favored materials used in Southwestern Native American jewelry. It has been found in the ancestral Native American sites of Chaco Canyon and is atill popular all these centuries later. Turquoise jewelry made by Native Americans is beautiful, is a good investment, and gives the wearer a special look. Turquoise is usually found in dry climates like those in the southwestern United States, Egypt and Persia. It generally forms near the surface of the Earth to around 200 feet. Conditions have to be just right for turquoise to form, making it rare and highly prized. Native...

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Sleeping Beauty Turquoise

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Sleeping Beauty Turquoise

Sleeping Beauty turquoise is a unique, beautiful light to medium blue color. It usually has few spider webbing matrix lines. For these reasons it is highly prized and has a special place in the world of turquoise. This turquoise gets its name from a mountain near where it is mined. The mountain looks like a sleeping woman. This turquoise is collected from the Sleeping Beauty mine ,which is near the town of Globe in Arizona.A small group of workers there prepare the stones and ship them. This famous turquoise was discovered by accident while mining for copper and gold. It...

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