As we've often mentioned, we first bought necklaces from Chris Hale's father, Eugene, a decade ago. We lost track of Eugene, but Chris was obviously apprenticed to his father during that time and learning to make handmade beads and traditional necklaces.
Fluted beads were one of Eugene Hale's specialties and this is the first necklace we've seen Chris make with his father's style of fluted beads. This squash blossom necklace has fluted beads for the necklace portion and Chris also made the individual squash blossoms with fluted beads and detailed stampwork on the open blossoms. The naja is a heavy sandcast piece set with a large free-form stone of natural, untreated Royston turquoise. The coloration of this stone is superb and part of the stone is buff-colored host rock that the turquoise formation developed within. It's a superb sort of geological specimen rock that illustrates how the turquoise is married to the host rock in a process that took millions of years to achieve. This necklace is a real beauty set with an incomparable stone.
Hallmarked C. HALE and stamped Sterling on the back of the naja pendant.
Stone: 1 1/2" x 7/8"
Naja: 2 5/8" across; 3 1/8" from top of the stone setting to opening at bottom
Handmade Beads: (56 count) 7/16" running length; 9/16" diameter
Length of bead necklace (excluding naja): 26 1/2"
Strung on braided steel chain