This Zuni squash blossom bracelet is part of a matching set! Age Circa: Antique Native American Vintage C. Country of Origin: United States - Zuni Nation. Gram Weight: 69.2 Grams. 925 Sterling Silver Bench Beads, Sterling Silver Plated Squash Blossoms.
Main Stone Measurements/Color: 6.6 mm long by 1.6 mm wide, 2.6 mm in diameter, Rich Bright Blue. Stone Treatment : Turquoise Glass is man made.Item Measurements: The bracelet has a wearable length of 6.5", and the blossoms measure 1.25" long by 1 wide. This gorgeous bracelet was handmade by a talented Zuni silversmith. It features four strands of Sterling Silver Bench Beads that support five.
Sterling Silver plated squash blossoms. Each Squash Blossom features a small central round Petit Point blue Turquoise Glass stone in a sawtooth bezel, with seven radiating petals, each accentuated with a granulated bead.
The bottom of the squash blossom comes to a gradually widening flat teardrop shape. The blossoms are each rotated 180 degrees, so that the teardrop shape of the bottom alternates, making the blossoms fit together more seamlessly.
The back of the charms have a supporting bar, which allows all four strands of the bracelet to run through it, so they stay stationary when worn. Each bead and blossom was hand strung on a Sterling Silver cable chain, making this a very sturdy bracelet indeed! This is a bold piece of Native history you can wear! Some of the Petit Point Turquoise Glass stones are missing- one of them has been included with the bracelet, and can be re-glued by your local jeweler. If desired, said jeweler can easily replace the remaining missing stones.
The price of this bracelet has been adjusted to reflect this. This beautiful piece was made by a very talented Native American silversmith.
It features hand crafted silversmith work throughout. Antique Native American jewelry is very rare to find. This is due to these pieces being made for reservation and personal use before the tourist trade became popular. Very few pieces were made and even less survived to today. Zuni Jewelry is very distinct and different from other Native American Tribes.Zuni jewelry features gorgeous stone work coupled with inlay designs, Petit Point, and Needle Point. This combined with exceptional Silver work has made the Zuni Tribe one of the best known Silversmith tribes in the world. The squash blossom necklace is typically a strand of beads, sometimes two. Interwoven with these silver beads are squash blossoms: silver beads with an attached silver flower-like blossom. In the language of the Navajo, they are called "yo ne maze disya gi, " which is translated into the beads that spread out.
In many contemporary designs the concept is still used; however, sometimes the actual squash blossom is highly stylized and difficult to recognize. The term "squash blossom" nonetheless refers to the likeness of the bead to an actual flowering squash. The design can be attributed to theish use of the pomegranate blossom, which was then acculturated by Navajo silversmiths. Native American Bench Beads are a process by which the metalsmith creates parts of the beads through machine cutting and a hydraulic press, and then hand finishes them with solder, buffing, and polishing. Sterling Silver Sheet in a finer gauge is ideal for this process, as pressing is a single movement of the metal.
This process is time conscious, yet it results in stunning beads. The shapes created are spheres (also known as Navajo Pearls), Seed Beads (have a wider center line down the bead), Melon Beads (oblong), and Barrel Beads (tube-shaped). These can also be stamped with various symbols, which creates a gorgeous, intricate look.
Petit Point is a style of stone cutting widely attributed to the Zuni Native American Tribe. It involved cutting small teardrop looking stones facing the same direction. It is a very difficult way to cut a stone and looks beautiful in silver jewelry.
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The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.