Old Navajo Indian Sterling Silver Hand Made Bench Beads & Melon Beads Necklace. This pendant necklace is created with Cerrillos Mine Turquoise crafted with Sterling Silver. Being offered is an old, vintage, Navajo Indian jewelry necklace. The necklace is crafted from sterling silver.The beads are the old type known as bench beads or Navajo pearls, along with hand made melon beads. The two halves were hand made and then joined together to form a bead. The beads show typical wearing for their age. And relatively lightweight due to the hollow nature of the beads.
This piece is a stunning example of the artistry of the Navajo silversmith. Each piece is handmade out of sterling silver. Featuring a exquisite Cerrillos mine turquoise pendant Considered to be the earliest mining district in the country, the Cerrillos mine is just south of Santa Fe in northern New Mexico. Cerrillos Turquoise is considered to be rare today, can be found in almost every color due, and can be a good high-grade stone.Pueblo Indians worked the mine for centuries before the Spanish arrived. Over two hundred dig sites have been located. One area is located on Turquoise Hill and includes the Tiffany and Castilian mines. The second area is Mount Chalchihuitl. Cerrillos was the most extensively mined of the prehistoric sites, and is the largest prehistoric mine known in North America.
Navajo Pearls is a name that has been popularized to describe the traditional set of Navajo handmade bench-made silver beads. The beads are made by cutting two silver disc and doming each side.
Once domed the holes are drilled in the center and the two half are then filed to fit snug and soldered together. The Navajo Pearls necklace is must for any southwest jewelry collection. 19"inches long Beads are 1"? Small beads are 5mm Cerrillos mine turquoise pendant is 1? Total weight 32.0 grams no marks but tested as sterling silver great addition to your collection?
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