Why are there so few Squash Blossom Necklaces made with Black Onyx?

Hi Paula,

I have a Squash Blossom necklace made with black onyx, and wonder first of all if it is authentic, and the hallmark looks like a ‘S’ while researching I found a necklace on ebay that looks exactly like mine, but the hallmark is H or N. Also I was wondering why there are so few necklaces made with black onyx. Thank you so much for your help in advance.
I really appreciate this and am also excited. I just learned from my friends this weekend that squash blossom necklaces find the person, and you will never believe where i did find this beauty. So I do believe they find you. Is this true, are you aware of it? I am just learning about this.
1875 Hallmark IMG_1869 IMG_1870 IMG_1874 IMG_1878Hi Julie,
Your necklace does has characteristics that are consistent with being a contemporary Navajo made squash blossom necklace. I think it is elegant ! I have always liked black onyx. The beads are bench beads which is to be expected. The bezels are smooth and tidy.
As far as it being authentic, the only way to positively authenticate an item is to either know the hallmark for sure, buy the item directly from the person who made it or have some documentation that shows where the item was purchased and when. A few artists provide a Certificate of Authenticity with their items. With all that said, your necklace gives the appearance in photos of being Native American made and my gut feeling is that it is.  But…….
When you say you have seen identical ones on eBay but with different individual initials for hallmarks, it makes me wonder a couple of things. If these necklaces are being made in a Native American shop by a number of different NA artists. Or if these necklaces are being made outside of the US – the easiest hallmark to fake is a gothic single capital letter and since there are so many artists in can be attributed to, there is not such a risk of being caught.
I honestly can’t see the hallmark well enough to see what it is. If you would like to send another photo that is in focus, that would be great.  If you don’t have a close-up feature on your camera, just take a normal photo of the entire back of the naja (like you did of the front) and send it and I can zoom in on it.
If it is indeed an S, there are several dozen Native American artists who have used that initial over the years so it would be a wild guess.
As far as onyx in a squash blossom necklace being rare? Well turquoise is the most traditional and popular stone used in squash blossom necklaces. We do see the occasional Mother of Pearl, onyx, lapis and various inlay squash blossom necklaces, but probably 90% of them are made with turquoise. Why? Because when stones began to be incorporated into Native American jewelry, turquoise was a beautiful local stone so was readily available and a natural choice  – thus became the tradition.
Although black onyx is mined in the US, it is not mined in Arizona or New Mexico where many of the Native American artists live(d). Contemporary artists use stones from all over the US, and the world for that matter, so onyx would be a more modern choice.
As far as a squash blossom necklace choosing you, I have not heard that before but perhaps a reader of this blog has.
The main thing is to enjoy your beautiful necklace ! Thanks for sharing.
Julie sent a closeup of the hallmark along with a note that is below this new photo.
back view 3 cropped

Hi Paula, Thank you for responding to my questions in detail regarding my necklace. I just want you to know I only did see one like mine.
I am sending you pictures of the back so you can make out the Hallmark, I hope they work for you, I did take them to publisher and cropped them, and messed around with the brightness on one picture in case it helps you. I am assuming the black stone is Onyx, as I do work with gemstones in my business. However, I have been reading that Jet is often used in this type of work, what do you think about that? Is there a test I can do to check if it is actually Jet?
Anyway, good luck, and I am very curious to hear back from you as to what you discover.
Again, I appreciate your help so much, and want to thank you.