This is a Dead Pawn Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace. At our purchase, it was stated that the squash necklace was created in the 1960’s and is Navajo. It was pawned at Gilbert Ortega’s Pawn in 1970’s. It was later purchased as dead pawn to a collector and was then recently purchased from that collector’s estate to the new owner. We purchased from the latest collector. The squash blossom necklace has been created in the traditional Navajo Style and incorporates Red Coral and Mother of Pearl.
The individual 10 Squash Blossoms measure approximately 2 3/4 inches long as measured from the top of the sterling silver art work to the bottom of the silver blossom. The inside neckline of this piece measures approximately 28 1/4 inches from clasp to clasp. The Naja measures approximately 3 1/2 inches from top to bottom and is approximately 3 1/2 wide at the widest point. Total weight of this piece is 326.2 grams.
This piece is not stamped or signed. It has been tested and is Sterling Silver.
The term Pawn refers to selling jewelry or other personal items for cash. It can also mean exchanging jewelry or other personal items for cash by using the item as collateral for a loan. If the piece used for collateral is not claimed by an agreed upon date, then the item becomes Dead Pawn and the pawn shop becomes the owner of the item and can choose to sell the item to reclaim the cost of the money lent. The term Dead Pawn does not indicate the age of the jewelry. Dead Pawn jewelry can be very old, newly made or anywhere in between.