Larose Ganadonegro is a Navajo silversmith whose work we've been offering on our website since 2001 or 2002. Her smithing is clean and precise and she always uses fine natural turquoise. Born in 1956, she has been smithing silver for over thirty years. She is best known for her cluster design rings and pendants.
Designed like a squash blossom necklace with a large Naja pendant and stones running up the sides of the necklace consisting of Sterling beads, this lacks only the squash blossoms themselves. This keeps the spirit of such a necklace without the traditional detail of the blossoms. It's not a loss and makes the necklace perhaps just a bit more contemporary in its design while retaining the large Naja pendant as its focus. Larose used larger stones than she usually does in making this necklace and it's noticeably rich in jet black stone. The necklace and Naja pendant are set with twenty stones of black onyx (twelve ovals on the strands and a combined six ovals and two teardrops on the Naja) and accompanied by a matching set of post earrings with free-swinging ovals suspended from the teardrops set on the posts.
Hallmarked L. Ganado and stamped Sterling on the back of the Naja pendant.
Stones in necklace: 12 ovals 1" x 11/16" up the sides; 6 ovals on the Naja pendant ranging from 11/16" x 1/2" to 9/16" x 3/8" plus 2 teardrops 1" x 11/16" & 13/16" x 9/16"
Naja pendant: 2 3/4" top to bottom; 2 3/4" across
Stones in earrings: 2 teardrops 13/16" x 9/16" on posts; 2 ovals 1" x 11/16" on drops
Length: 30" + Naja pendant