The sterling silver beads on this necklace are of two basic shapes- the round bench bead and the elongated melon bench bead. This is the perfect necklace to wear alone or with a pendant, such as a naja or an overlay pendant. We have several pendants that would look lovely (DR 1199 or DR 193)
Sterling silver Navajo bead necklaces are an old tradition with Navajo silversmiths, who either made their beads entirely by hand or made bench beads.
Bench Beads refer to beads that are hand made. Usually the silversmith begins with sterling silver pieces, which are then stamped, soldered and strung by hand on a foxtail cord, which is a woven silver cord that can be sterling silver, nickel or other metals. A foxtail cord or chain is more like a cable, its strength and durability comes from weaving many small strands. It is perfect for keeping sterling silver beads safe.
Condition: Excellent- original condition
Provenance: private family collection in Texas, who originally purchased the beads in Santa Fe.