I’ve updated (May 2, 2016) this popular article with better photos and specs.
I received a beautiful set of vintage sterling silver and turquoise Navajo Pearls a number of years ago. They are:
Sterling silver with turquoise inlay
Bead are graduated from 12 mm to 22 mm.
This is the first necklace like this I had seen so I asked some friends who have been in the NA jewelry business their whole lives about the necklace and thought I’d share what they said.
They are inscribed with “MW” on a hallmark disk.
I was told the beads were made by in the mid 1970s by Navajo silversmith Martha Wilson and the inlay was done by a Zuni artist, Rosemary White. Martha Wilson worked out of the Bluewater Lake area. I have been unable to locate a Zuni artist by the name of Rosemary White but there are several Navajo artists in the White family. Paula