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Artist: Attrib. Della Casa Appa

Circa: Late 1930's

Provenance: Private Collection

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Product Code: CZMHS

This beautiful squash blossom necklace was crafted in the late 30's/early 40's. Each of the 12 squash blossoms and naja are set with beautiful black webbed #8 turquoise, that was produced from 1929 into the 30's. Each one is precisely cut into small petti points and round cabs. The centerpiece naja shows the variety of blues with this beautiful #8 material. Very fine crafted saw tooth bezels tightly frame each perfectly shaped stone. The silver beads show their age with a deep patina and were also handcrafted during this same time period. Strung on cotton braided cord. Just an outstanding necklace with beautiful turquoise stones! This piece is not hallmarked.

With a lot of research and various opinions from other longtime traders. We see a lot of similarities to the works of Della Casa Appa.
Della Casa Appa was one of the first significant Zuni women jewelers. The Zuni are Native American Pueblo peoples native to the Zuni River valley. Della Casa Appa began making jewelry as her husband's assistant and became part of a group of artists who helped set the standard for Native American jewelry. C: 1889-1963. There is a similar, delicate squash blossom in the C.G. Wallace 1975 Sotheby auction catalogue, pg. 173. With the knowledge of Mr. Wallace having a good quantity of this early mined turquoise, the age of the necklace and the workmanship, we feel comfortable attributing this amazing necklace to Della Casa Appa. The necklace is in excellent condition and well cared for.

The necklace is 23" total length. The Naja measures 2 5/8" long by 2 1/8" wide. Each blossom is 1 1/4" long by 5/8" wide. The round stones are approx. 5 1/2 mm in the naja and 4 mm in the blossoms. Very fine work!!!

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