Kingman Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, unknown artist (#70)



This 1970s-era Squash Blossom necklace came to us through an estate sale. The silver work is substantial and basic, which is representative of the period, but it is the natural Kingman turquoise that really makes the necklace pop. Kingman turquoise of this quality was somewhat common through the 1960s and early 70s. As really good turquoise began to disappear, and the people who owned the concession began to treat and enhance their turquoise, it became extremely difficult to find natural, high-quality Kingman turquoise. That is what makes this Squash Blossom necklace so valuable; it’s made with top-notch turquoise that is so extremely difficult to acquire these days.