Monica Smith Inlaid Navajo Pearl Necklace


Item Number: DR 1567
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
Artist: Unsigned; attributed to Monica Smith
Medium: Sterling silver and turquoise
Age: Circa 1960s-1970s
Dimensions: 28” in length



This glorious necklace is absolutely one-of-a-kind.

The artist has created twenty-seven sterling silver beads studded with tiny snake eye turquoise cabs. Each of the snake eye pieces are mounted on a rondel of sterling silver. There are four rows of turquoise cabs on the largest beads graduating to the smallest beads with two rows of turquoise cabs. There are 62 turquoise cabs on the largest center bead!

The necklace is finished with 32 plain sterling silver hand-made beads ending with sterling silver cones. The necklace is strung on chain, as was quite common in the 1960s-1970s time period. The necklace is not signed,although it has been attributed to Navajo jeweler Monica Smith. This incredible inlaid necklace weighs 189 grams and is 28” in length.

Condition: Excellent – original condition.
Provenance: Acquired from a New Mexico private collector.