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Vintage Zuni Sleeping Beauty Inlaid Turquoise Tab Necklace


Item Number: DR 1509
Pueblo: Zuni Pueblo
Artist: Unknown and unsigned
Medium: Sleeping Beauty turquoise and sterling silver
Age: Circa 1960s
Dimensions: 19” total length with individual tabs ranging between 7/8” to 2” in length



This is an unusual vintage art deco style tab necklace with inlaid Sleeping Beauty turquoise set in sterling silver.  Each of the thirteen tabs has four small channel set slabs of turquoise which are separated by inlaid sterling silver. The inlay increases and decreases in size on each side of the center tab for a lovely symmetrical and balanced look.  Each tab is separated by two sterling silver beads. The rest of the chain is comprised of five round beads alternating with a single long narrow bead creating visual interest. The necklace is slightly adjustable and closes with a typical hook and eye clasp.

Although this lovely necklace is unsigned, it is unique in both design and craftsmanship.

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