Vintage Handmade Sterling and Turquoise Shadow Box Necklace
This beautiful, vintage necklace is solid sterling silver and was completely handmade. It is a Native American piece and is stamped "925" on the back of the last link. My estimate is that it is from the 1940s or 1950s. It was designed in the "shadow box" style that was popular among the Navajo tribe so it could possibly be attributed to the Navajo. The "shadow box" description in this particular necklace refers to the fact that the little 5-petal flowers are domed and attached to a solid back which creates a dark, shadowy affect between the two. This serves to create excellent depth and contrast in the design. Each of the sixteen flower links is enhanced at the center with a lovely, natural turquoise stone. Each of the matching flower links has subtle unique characteristics as a result of being cut and curved and engraved by hand. In addition, the turquoise stones have each slowly acquired a wonderful natural patina causing some to take on more of a greenish hue. Each flower link measures approximately 11/16" around (or nearly 3/4"). The height or depth of each link, measuring from the solid back to the tip of the turquoise, averages 9mm. The necklace terminates with a very interesting handmade clasp which is like an open "figure 8". It is affixed to one end which makes it easy to hold while you simply hook it through the loop on the opposite end of the necklace. The overall length of the necklace is 15-1/2". This will fall flatteringly along the collarbone for most. If additional length is needed just let me know and I'd be happy to discuss the options. This is a very lovely example of Native American craftsmanship and in a very wearable form! This necklace would be an excellent addition to any Native American collection but is also perfectly suitable for any woman with a Boho-chic sensibility!