We have drawn the winning tickets for this year’s necklace raffle. Check out this video of our two drawings, the necklace and the car.
A. T. from Surprise, Arizona, had ticket number 0255.
The proceeds from the raffle of this beautiful Hopi squash blossom necklace benefit the programs of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West! Tickets were $10 each or 6 tickets for $50.
Squash Blossom Necklace
- Made by a member of the Hopi tribe of Arizona
- Sterling silver and what is likely Kingman turquoise
This is a very fine mid-twentieth century sterling silver and natural turquoise necklace of the highest quality made by a Hopi Indian working in Arizona.
While there are many different styles of squash blossom necklaces, this is a very unusual example made by a Hopi Indian. The naja (upside down crescent pendant) has a sandcast design that features a central piece of natural turquoise. Only the Hopi produce this kind of sandcast work and this is a highly detailed and well-made example.
Each necklace bead is handmade by creating two identical half spheres and then seaming them together to make the round bead. In between the double row of beading are fine squash blossoms (so named because the flared flower on the central bud is reminiscent of the flowers on native squash plants). Each blossom has sandcast design elements with inset stones and a worked flower.
The necklace is in original condition and has not been polished in order to preserve the original patina and to demonstrate that it has not been altered.
Our raffle has ended. The winner is A. T. from Surprise, Arizona, who had ticket #0255.
Please note that while our Patrons Ball event was cancelled, our raffle drawings still took place on Saturday, September 19, 2020. We have notified the winning ticketholders.