Master Navajo silversmiths handcrafted this stunning and iconic squash blossom necklace. One of the most recognized necklace silhouettes in the world, the squash blossom necklace is the culmination of decades of Navajo silversmithing and a must-have for any true collector of Native American jewelry. In this necklace two strands of ridged sterling silver beads are accented by fluted beads of sterling silver and brilliant blue turquoise. A traditional naja, adorned with blue turquoise, lies at the center of this exquisite piece. Bold, beautiful and elegantly crafted, this squash blossom necklace will crown your collection of Native American jewelry.
- Squash blossom necklace handcrafted by Navajo)
- Sterling silver
- Green turquoise
- Hook and eye closure
- Necklace measures 23-1/2” L x 1” W; naja measures 2-1/4” L x 2-1/8” W
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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This blue turquoise squash blossom necklace was 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.
Turquoise beads have been made in the Southwest for thousands of years. The Anasazi, the ancestors of today’s Pueblo Indian tribes, mined turquoise in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. Chaco Canyon, a major Anasazi center, was at the center of turquoise trade routes stretching from the Pacific Northwest to Central America. Turquoise was not set in silver until the late 19th century after Navajo and Zuni artisans learned metalsmithing. The blue and green gem quickly became a favorite with Native American silversmiths, and was extremely popular with tourists visiting the Southwest in the early 20th century. Some Native Americans believe the gem was a gift from the spirits and call it the Sky Stone. Today, turquoise is one of the most iconic images of the Southwest and is still revered among Native American jewelry artists.
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.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.