Vintage Sterling Native American Graduated "Navajo Pearl" Bead 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.
A beautiful example of Vintage Native American jewelry from the 1960s era! Crafted in sterling silver, this necklace features 91 graduated, handmade "pearls" strung along a fine silver chain. The necklace is fairly long, yet particularly light in weight due to its hollow construction. The wonderful design is completed by two conical beads which cap each end, and the necklace secures with a hook clasp at the back. There is a natural patina along the surface of the pearls, typical of vintage silver jewelry, which adds beautiful richness and depth to the piece. This necklace would make a wonderful addition to any Native American jewelry collection.
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 30" in total length. The pearls range from 6.5mm to 13mm in diameter, and the necklace weighs 32.7g.
Condition: The necklace remains in very good overall condition. Besides normal surface wear, including a few minimal dents in the pearls, there is no serious damage to the beads or chain. These dents are not visible when worn, nor do they detract from the overall beauty or integrity of the necklace. The natural patina is commensurate with age and the hook clasp is secure and in good working condition.