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Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace

1,615.00
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Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace

1,615.00

Sterling silver & turquoise Navajo squash blossom necklace with twelve blossoms from our old pawn and estate collection. The turquoise is unidentifed but may come from the nuber * mine.

Approx: 28" length, naja 3" x 2 5/8", 268 grams.

 

 

 

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Sterling silver & turquoise Navajo squash blossom necklace with twelve blossoms from our old pawn and estate collection. The turquoise is unidentifed but may come from the nuber * mine.

Approx: 28" length, naja 3" x 2 5/8", 268 grams.

 

 

 

The Squash Blossom Necklace

Squash blossom symbols can be found in ancient petroglyphs.  The inverted crescent pendant on squash-blossom necklaces, first called the naja by the Navajo, is found in various design forms throughout the world cultures. Both the blossom and the naja symbols used by Native Americans in the southwest come from the Moors via Spain, and are associated with abundance and fertility.

Spanish colonists wore variations of pomegranate flower blossoms on their shirts, capes and trousers as silver adornments and used the the moorish naja symbol as horse bridle pendants. The Navajo adapted these forms and began using them in necklaces. At some point the pomegranate blossom morphed into the squash blossom, which was an indigenous fertility symbol. As time has progressed, both the squash blossom and the Naja were adopted by other southwestern Native Americans and developed into various designs and styles. Today squash blossom necklaces continue to develop and change, but retain their link to a long tradition of beauty and craftsmanship.