Rare Pueblo Deco Beaded Bib Necklace c1925 - Mint
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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Native American: Pre 1930: Item # 410367
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Briefly in the 20th century, the exciting Pueblo Deco style briefly appeared as a fusion of Native American artwork with Art Deco design. Its legacy is largely architectural, including such cultural treasures as Albuquerque's KiMo Theatre. Antique jewels from the era are very rare and highly collectible. This necklace is the finest example I've ever seen, which also evokes the Egyptian Revival style popular at the same time. It's truly museum-quality.
It was undoubtedly handcrafted by a Native American artisan in New Mexico during the 1920s, when 'The Land of Enchantment' was popularized by its burgeoning arts communities, enterprising hoteliers and the Santa Fe Railroad. Collected then by a visitor from Texas, this treasure subsequently lay in a bank vault for 80+ years - emerging like new, to our good fortune. Almost 4" wide including fringe, it's exceedingly well-made and very heavy to drape beautifully. As you move, it follows the natural curves of your neck and shoulders like a second skin. To show off its exquisite beading all around, wear a white or green blouse with a wide neckline and put your hair up. You'll be breathtaking, whether coming or going.
Other beaded necklaces of collar or bib form are offered elsewhere online for $400 to $500 and they lack the rarity of Pueblo Deco jewels, so ours represents a superb investment value. Please e-mail for additional photos showing greater detail.
BTW, we also have two tasseled rope-type beaded necklaces from the same era and estate, both in mint condition (one matching the colors of this bib exactly and the other in red and white). If you're interested in one or both of those, too, we can work out special pricing. Thanks for looking!