Diné artist of the Navajo Nation Graduated Bead Necklace

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Necklaces
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Silver
  • Size: 21” Long;
    Beads Graduated from ⅜” to ⅞”
  • Item # C4338B
  • Price: $650.00

Alternate view of the way this necklace simply secures (hook and loop)

This mid-century Diné necklace consists of graduated silver beads strung on a silver chain. Each bead was individually shaped and hand stamped with a crescent motif.  Necklaces of silver beads are one of the most traditional styles of Southwestern jewelry, admired and collected by both Native and non-natives alike. Early twentieth century photos show both men and women wearing strands of silver beads. 

This necklace was made of a lighter gauge silver than what was popular earlier in the twentieth century, giving it an ease of wear unlike earlier heavy necklaces. The lighter weight allows it to hang on the wearer’s neck with a graceful elegance. The shorter length makes this necklace very wearable‒as well as comfortable. 


Condition: The Navajo Graduated Bead Necklace is in excellent condition. 

Provenance: The necklace comes from a Colorado collection. 

Recommended Reading:

- Indian Silver: Navajo and Pueblo Jewelers by Margery Bedinger

Southwest Silver Jewelry by Paula Baxter

Relative Links: NecklaceNavajoSouthwest Indian Jewelry

Alternate view of a close up view of a section of this necklace.

Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Necklaces
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Silver
  • Size: 21” Long;
    Beads Graduated from ⅜” to ⅞”
  • Item # C4338B
  • Price: $650.00

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