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Necklace, Squash Blossom, Turquoise, Hallmark, Vintage ‘80s, 1946

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Though this piece dates all the way back to the 80’s it hasn’t lost one ounce of beauty. This statement squash blossom necklace, crafted by Jerry Roan, is a large-scale vintage creation featuring 10 squashes centered by turquoise cabochons that feature golden caramel deposits placed on a double strand of sterling silver pearls. Each one is framed with a sterling silver shadow box detailed with simple and repetitive stampwork. The substantial naja has seven stones in similar settings affixed to the split-bar band. Exquisite and timeless on a double strand of benchmade sterling silver desert pearls.

Jerry Roan (Navajo). Shadow box; set stones. Stick man figures; buckles, crosses; letter openers.

Marks: J R; J R (conjoined, and a stick figure)

Jerry Roan’s early work is marked by a broken arrow pictorial as listed in Barton Wright’s Hallmarks of the Southwest.  He later changed his hallmark to his initials and a stick figure.

Jerry Roan turquoise squash blossom necklace, Navajo, with (5) graduated turquoise centered petals at either side (2" through 2-1/2"L) of the 7-stone naja, 4"H x 4" W, strung on double strand of silver beads, signed with stamp at back of naja.

  • artist: Jerry Roan
  • affiliation: Navajo
  • hallmarks: JR (conjoined with pictorial)
  • materials: sterling silver, turquoise
  • dimensions: 7 stone naja: 4" x 4", length: 30"
  • closure: hook & eye
  • nice vintage condition
  • stones are secure in their settings
  • abrasions and surface wear commensurate with age
  • silver has a nice patina 
  • light wear from use
  • style: JN1946
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