Classic, versatile Southwestern style. Handcrafted by Navajo artist Doris Small Canyon, these sterling silver 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 a polished finish that gives them a sophisticated modern look. Whether worn alone or with your favorite squash blossom necklace, these turquoise and sterling silver earrings will become a versatile accessory in your jewelry wardrobe.
- Earrings handcrafted by Native American artists of the Southwest
- Sterling silver
- Shepherd’s hook ear wires
- Earrings measure 1-3/4” long x 3/8” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Doris Smallcanyon is a Navajo jewelry artist and silversmith who is known for her sterling silver squash blossom and Kachina designed jewelry.
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
Jewelry has been made and worn in the Southwest since prehistoric times. For thousands of years Native Southwestern people have made mosaic inlay and beads of turquoise, shell, bone or stone. Metal arrived with the Spanish. Native Americans acquired metal ornaments through trade, but it was not until the middle of the 19th century that Navajo and Zuni artisans learned the craft from Mexican blacksmiths and silversmiths. Their early silver jewelry creations were plain, with simple engraved, stamped or punched designs. Turquoise was first used in silver around 1880. By the turn of the century, silversmithing was widespread across the Southwest and Native artists were making more sophisticated pieces like concho belts and squash blossom and naja necklaces. The Navajo soon became known for their use of silver, emphasizing silver-heavy designs with only a few gemstones, while the Zuni focused on stone work, featuring finely cut clusters of gems in complex patterns. The Hopi and Pueblo tribes also developed distinctive jewelry styles in the early 1900s. Today, Native American artists draw upon both traditional and contemporary influences, and their shell, gemstone and silver jewelry is prized and collected by people around the world.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
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