Vintage Silver Native American 3-Strand "Navajo Pearl" Necklace
Navajo Pearls are crafted from sterling silver by Diné jewelers. The Diné (Navajo) people reside primarily in the Southwestern United States and have a rich history of crafting beads from natural materials to immortalize their stories. Introduced to metalcraft by settlers from Europe, Diné jewelers incorporated new materials into their artistic repertoire. Each Navajo Pearl is handcrafted from two sterling discs with a subtle seam and is a wonderful part of Native American art history.
This necklace is a beautiful example of Navajo jewelry from the 1950s era! The fabulous piece features three layered strands of handcrafted sterling silver pearls strung on a silver cable. The beads graduate in size and are accented by silver conical beads towards the back. The trio of strands come together at contoured triangular beads where a singular strand completes the design, securing at a hook clasp. Each conical bead near the clasp is stamped with two identical segmented crescent-shaped marks, possibly maker's marks'. This wonderful piece has a bold yet classic appeal and would make a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: The shortest strand of the necklace measures approximately 18" in length and the longest is 21" in length. The pearls range in size from about 6mm to 9mm.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to any of the sterling silver beads, accents, or cable. The hook clasp is secure and in good working condition.