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Necklace, Squash Blossom, Turquoise, Dan Simplicio, Vintage, '50's, 1155

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EVERY INCH CLASSIC BUT FAR FROM BASIC, SQUASH BLOSSOM NECKLACES ARE PERFECT FOR PAIRING WITH OTHERS OR WORN ALONE.

Double D Ranch is pleased to offer this hand-selected squash blossom necklace crafted by master artisan, the late Dan Simplicio.  Collected in Santa Fe, New Mexico, this 1950s era vintage squash features ten intricate sterling silver fleur-de-lis blossoms set with petit point turquoise stones set in tiny serrated bezels, on a double strand of sterling silver desert pearls.  A coordinating naja with 14 smaller turquoise stones features an additional fleur-de-lis with a matching turquoise stone in the center. This one-of-a-kind piece is a collector.

Dan Simplicio (1917- 1969; Zuni). Active 1920s-1969. Traditional; cluster work; leaf applique; decorated teardrops; channel inlay; casting; stamp work; jewelry, hollow-ware; silver, gold; turquoise and coral nuggets or twigs. Works in 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: D S and five-point star; five-point star (star stamp used in the late 1960s)
  • artist: Dan Simplicio
  • materials: sterling silver, turquoise
  • dimensions: 30", naja is 3" x 2 1/2"
  • weight: 173 grams
  • closure: hook & eye
  • condition: nice vintage condition
  • stones are secure in their setting
  • one hairline fracture to stone
  • silver has a nice patina
  • light wear from ethnographic use
  • collected in New Mexico
  • style number: JN1155

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