Navajo handcrafted Sterling Silver blue and teal turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace and squash blossom style earrings.
Total Necklace Length: 30 3/4" from end to end.
Naja/Center Piece: 4 3/4" X 4 1/8"
Side Pieces: 2 1/4" x 1 1/8"
Earrings: 2 7/8"long, 7/8" wide
Metal: Sterling Silver
Artist: Raymond Beard
Raymond Beard is Navajo, and he currently works out of Gallup, New Mexico. He started silversmithing in 1978, and was taught by his brother-in-law. His first foray into jewelry making produced needlepoint cluster and inlay jewelry. As his skills improved, he moved on to making more ornate and intricate pieces. One piece that he is most proud of is a large concho belt that he made with a crow dancer in the middle and clusters of stone around it. He also specializes in bolo ties.