Classic, elegant and genuine. Handcrafted by Navajo artists, these sterling silver and red coral earrings feature the fluted squash blossom design found in the iconic squash blossom necklace. One of the most recognized necklace silhouettes in the world, squash blossom necklaces have been a central part of Native American jewelry for more than a century. This pair of squash blossom earrings features an polished finish that gives them a beautiful contemporary look. Whether worn alone or with your favorite squash blossom necklace, these coral and sterling silver earrings will become a versatile accessory in your jewelry wardrobe.
- Earrings handcrafted by Navajo artists of the southwest
- Sterling silver
- Shepherd’s hook ear wires
- Earrings measure 1-3/4” long x 1/2” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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These earrings were handcrafted in sterling silver by skilled Native American artists. Known around the world for their brilliance as silversmiths, Native American artists of the Southwest make jewelry that is collected and admired for it superior craftsmanship, technical sophistication, detail and beauty. Navajo and Zuni artists were the first to learn the art and develop their own distinctive silver jewelry styles, but today there are talented artists working in an impressive range of styles from every Pueblo and tribe of the Southwest.
Native Americans of the Southwest were introduced to coral by the Spanish. For centuries, Native people had been fashioning beads from shells like spiny oyster, and the deep red Mediterranean coral quickly became a prized material. Santo Domingo Pueblo incorporated coral into heishi bead necklaces used for trade or adornment. Hopi, Zuni and Navajo artists used the gem for adornment and in necklaces worn in ceremonial dances. Coral was first set in silver in the late 19th century after the Navajo, Zuni and Pueblo people learned silversmithing. In the 1930s, traders encouraged its use by supplying it to Native artists, particularly the Zuni. Red is a sacred color for the Zuni, and they believe coral brings good luck and longevity to the wearer. Native Americans also consider the gem a sign of wealth and status because of its expense and rarity. Whether used alone or in combination with other valuable gems like turquoise, coral remains one of the iconic gemstones of Native American jewelry in the Southwest.
The squash blossom necklace is a bold statement piece that represents a storied legacy of jewelry-making by Native Americans of the Southwest. The central inverted crescent, called a naja, was an ornament that the Spanish used on horse bridles and may have originally come from Moorish designs. Fluted blossoms were another silver ornament used by Spanish and Mexican people to embellish their clothing. Possibly derived from European pomegranate flowers, this decorative shape was called a squash blossom by Navajo silversmiths. Silver beads were introduced to North American by Europeans, and by the 19th century these beads had long been prized by the Navajo and other Southwestern Native cultures. When Navajo artisans first learned silversmithing in the 1850s, these beads became a staple of Navajo jewelry. The first squash blossom necklace was created around 1880, blending these three elements into a distinctive and enduring form. Today, the squash blossom necklace is an icon of Native American and Southwestern jewelry and one of the most recognized types of jewelry in the world. Though it is an emblem of Southwestern style, it has been embraced by American fashion designers, making its way into high fashion. One of the most valuable and collected forms of Southwestern Native art, squash blossom necklaces are timeless heirlooms that will be enjoyed for generations.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
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