Sterling silver Navajo squash blossom necklace with Blue Gem turquoise. The 27" necklace has handmade silver beads. Twenty squash blossoms with a Blue Gem cabochons enhance a naja with fifteen Blue Gem stones. Circa 1930
The Blue Gem mine, which is no longer active, produced a great variety of turquoise, from intense blue to deep green with an irregular matrix. The Blue Gem mine, which began production in 1934 yielded the most valuable Blue Gem turquoise because of its rich color and hardness. Of the several Nevada mines that are named Blue Gem, this is the largest and most famous. Blue Gem turquoise tends to form in very thin slab forms rather than the typical nugget. The mine is now closed.
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Old Pawn or Vintage Jewelry
For collectors of Native American antique/vintage/old pawn jewelry, the emotional attraction and value of the old pawn is that it was once owned, appreciated, worn, and used by Native American Indians. It is as an intimate relic of a people and a culture that is slowly disappearing into history.