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    Posted 4 years ago

    EZa
    (33 items)

    My mother-in-law acquired this stunning Squash Blossom necklace. We are all curious in all aspects of this. It's quite lovely , of course. What is it's worth? Real coral or glass cabochons? The origin? How old? Where do we look for the maker? Looks like someone cleaned it-see the dark on the back in between the silver. Looks like glass to me, not coral. It's 20" long. Thanks for any info~

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    1. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
      Sorry, I cannot help - but I love it!
    2. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      antique vintage earring fitting
      This will help with the earring fitting, it will give you a clue to the age of your pieces.
    3. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      http://www.fancy4glass.ca/information-gallery-main-pages/identifying-and-dating-an-antique-or-vintage-jewelry-clasp-or-hinge.htm
      Im really sorry about that it didn't paste, I hope I have more luck this time.
    4. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      I think your beautiful pieces are probably from the 1920-30s. Good luck on your research
    5. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      gorgeous !!
    6. EZa EZa, 4 years ago
      Thank you for the nice comments Manikin and Freiheit. Thanks for the help, Peasejean55.
    7. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      Check this one out
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Handmade-Navajo-Sterling-Silver-Coral-Squash-Blossom-Necklace-/301846746141
    8. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      http://www.navajorugsindianbaskets.com/artist/_08%20-%20Jewelry-New/types/NN2_-_Necklaces_-_Squash_Blossom_Post_1970/4129/#!9048
    9. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      It's a treasure! I would'nt sell unless I absolutely had to if it was mine.
    10. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Well done to both Mankin and Efesgirl, I think your spot on with you links.
    11. musecat2, 4 years ago
      Depending upon where you live, take it in to RELIABLE Native American stores for an informal appraisal, or go to a pow wow and check around. If it's real coral, that necklace is worth a lot, especially the darker red type. Hard to find these days. Hang onto it, if possible. There are 2 in Berkeley, CA: The Trading Post on College Ave., and Gathering Tribes on Solano Avenue, both have excellent reputations. Good luck!
    12. EZa EZa, 4 years ago
      Ok great idea. Thanks so much, ladies!
    13. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      This one is listed as faux coral, very close to the design of your necklace:

      http://goldstreamboutique.com/collections/native-american-pendants-necklaces/products/native-american-old-pawn-navajo-sterling-silver-faux-coral-squash-blossom-handmade-necklace

      One on eBay exactly like yours:

      http://goldstreamboutique.com/collections/native-american-pendants-necklaces/products/native-american-old-pawn-navajo-sterling-silver-faux-coral-squash-blossom-handmade-necklace
    14. EZa EZa, 4 years ago
      Yes, Good examples very similar to this one in $400-$600 range. I don't know if she wants to sell this one or keep it, but it's a beauty. Thanks Efesgirl!
    15. EZa EZa, 4 years ago
      Oh, I forgot to say that I love the example with the flower design!
    16. Rick55 Rick55, 4 years ago
      I love how each cabochon (?) is framed in black... it really allows them to pop!
    17. EZa EZa, 4 years ago
      Thanks Rick55, it's a lovely piece, nice heavy weight, and hangs perfectly.
    18. EZa EZa, 4 years ago
      An update: we went to a few Native American jewelry stores and had this looked at by more experienced eyes. So, this is gem grade calibrated cabochons in Ox Blood coral. Once I put on my reading glasses and got a magnifying glass I could see that it is indeed coral. They used a jeweler's loop. Also, this piece is probably from the 60's and they could tell by the foxtail wire used. The nice woman recommended some books to learn more about Native American jewelry makers, dating them, etc. We also brought along a "junky" pin that Grandma gave us: a Native American Naja in turquoise that they said is over 70 + years old and not junk jewelry at all. SO! Always exciting to learn something new about a new subject. I'll be posting that piece next.
    19. TunnelChicken, 3 years ago
      The jewlery was more than likely made during or after World War 2. My father bought my mother a hand made collection similar to the one in the picture, but with a lot more detail. He gave about 600 dollars just for the necklace alone, and that was just after the war. There is no telling what it is worth now. Your necklace does not have the detail mine does, but I can almost assure you that it is NOT plastic or glass. There are several colors of turquoise and I have a set or red like yours, as well as the aqua stones. Please take this to a jeweler and have it appraised. You might want to insure it as well.
    20. EZa EZa, 3 years ago
      Thanks for your input, Tunnelchicken. That's a lot of good information. Yes, I think it's a special necklace:)

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