Very briefly in the early 20th century, the Pueblo Deco style 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 rare and highly collectible.
A wonderful example is this antique necklace from the 1920s, which has Flapper Girl tassels and also evokes the Egyptian Revival style popular at the time. It's a thick, supple rope of emerald green and white glass beads strung in a spiral pattern, undoubtedly handcrafted by a Native American artisan in New Mexico. After being collected by a visitor to 'The Land of Enchantment' during the first years when the Santa Fe Railroad and enterprising hoteliers began courting tourists, it lay in a bank vault for 80+ years - and emerged like new, to our good fortune. Almost 30 inches long including fringe, the necklace is exceedingly well-made and versatile. Its beaded slide allows you to adjust the strand for wear as a choker or even a headband.
Please e-mail for additional photos showing greater detail. BTW, we also have two other beaded necklaces from the same era and estate, both in mint condition - one matching the style of this, but in red and white and another that's of bib form and museum quality. If you're interested in one or both of those, too, we can work out special pricing. Thanks for looking!