Navajo Burnished Silver and Spiny Oyster Shell Squash Blossom Necklace by Selina Warner [SOLD]

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Selina Warner, Acoma-Diné Silversmith
  • Category: Necklaces
  • Origin: Acoma Pueblo, Sky City
  • Medium: Sterling Silver and Spiny Oyster Shell
  • Size: 20” Long;
    Spiny Oyster Pendants: 1-⅜” to 1-⅝”;
    Small Blossoms: 1-⅛”; Naja; 2-¼” x 2”
  • Item # C4328B
  • SOLD

Simple hook and loop secure this necklace.

Incorporating an old-style burnished finish, Acoma Pueblo silversmith Selina Warner created a modern interpretation of a traditional squash blossom necklace. Beautifully crafted blossoms and perfectly formed handmade beads are interspersed between vibrantly colored spondylus shell drops that have been cut, shaped and set in saw tooth bezels surrounded by a section of twisted wire. A classically shaped naja hangs from the center of the necklace. 

Warner doubled up on the squash blossoms, putting them together as pairs or groups of three.  Additionally, she made them short in the style of early circa 1900 ones. Later blossoms were elongated.  These add to the antique look of this necklace.  

Every aspect of Selina Warner’s work illustrates her attention to detail. Each individual blossom is proportionally appealing—connected to the necklace with a uniquely textured segment of silver. The naja—an ancient symbol of protection—is an elegant rendition of an age-old design. The necklace hangs with a perfect graceful elegance. 

Selina Warner artist signature - hallmark.Warner learned her craft from well known Diné artisan Harry Morgan and his influence is recognizable in her fine craftsmanship—meticulous attention to detail and eye-catching silverwork framing beautifully colored gemstones. It is signed by the artist with her initials. 


Condition: this Navajo Burnished Silver and Spiny Oyster Shell Squash Blossom Necklace by Selina Warner is in excellent condition.

Provenance: the necklace is from the collection of a  Santa Fe resident

Recommended Reading: 

- Skystone and Silver: The Collectors Book of Southwestern Indian Jewelry by Carl Rosnek and Joseph Stacey

- Southwestern Indian Jewelry by Dexter Cirillo

Relative Links: Southwest Indian JewelryAcoma PuebloNavajo Nation, Selina Warner

Close up view of the NAJA.

Selina Warner, Acoma-Diné Silversmith
  • Category: Necklaces
  • Origin: Acoma Pueblo, Sky City
  • Medium: Sterling Silver and Spiny Oyster Shell
  • Size: 20” Long;
    Spiny Oyster Pendants: 1-⅜” to 1-⅝”;
    Small Blossoms: 1-⅛”; Naja; 2-¼” x 2”
  • Item # C4328B
  • SOLD

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