Sterling Silver Necklace String of Navajo Pearls [SOLD]

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Necklaces
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: sterling silver
  • Size: 16-½” long;
    ½” diameter largest bead
  • Item # C4294C
  • SOLD

Close up view of the silver beads or Navajo Pearls.

This “Navajo Pearl” necklace consists of 37 beautifully handcrafted sterling silver beads. They range in size from the largest at 1/2-inch in the middle to the smallest, 5/16-inch at the ends.  The beads diminish in size gradually so as to give the necklace an even flow as it hangs. The beads are stamped with a double row of impressions in garland form. Each bead was made by soldering two circular forms together and then drilling a hole. The finished beads are strung on a chain.

One of the most iconic items of Navajo jewelry, Navajo pearls are also some of the most difficult to fabricate well. Beginning with one larger center bead, each following bead or group of beads must be made gradually smaller. Since the beads are handmade and drilled, it takes painstaking accuracy to make the beads fall in a graceful manner.  This string of Navajo pearls is lightweight and comfortable to wear.


Condition: The Sterling Silver Necklace String of Navajo Pearls  is in very good condition

Provenance: From a gentleman from Colorado

Recommended Reading:  Indian Jewelry of the American Southwest by Sarah Peabody and William A. Turnbaugh

Simple securing mechanism with a hook and loop.


Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Necklaces
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: sterling silver
  • Size: 16-½” long;
    ½” diameter largest bead
  • Item # C4294C
  • SOLD

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