This vintage squash is fashioned in Dan Simplicio’s innovative aesthetic of using natural red branch coral combined with turquoise, to form ten graduated blossoms and the naja. Simplicio leaves cradle each cluster of stones along the blossoms as well as the large naja.
Truly a great piece with exceptional color.
The maker of this major squash blossom necklace is lost to history but dealers attribute it to one of the greats, Dan Simplicio (1917-1969).
Dan Simplicio (1917 - 1969: Zuni) Active 1920s - 1969. Traditional; cluster work; leaf applique; decorated teardrops; channel inlay; casting; stamp work; jewelry, hollow nugget-style in the 1940s with C.G. Wallace at Zuni, and later with John Kennedy at the Gallup Indian Trading Company. Nephew of Juan de Dios who taught silversmithing to Simplicio. Marks: DS and five-point star.