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SQUASH BLOSSOM NECKLACES
NAVAJO AND ZUNI

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Vintage sterling silver and inlay squash blossom necklace
Vintage Pre-1980
Inlay Fertility Necklace

21" - N353B - $1450
Vintage sterling silver and inlay squash blossom necklace
Vintage Pre-1980
Inlay Fertility Necklace

22 1/2" - N353A - $1450

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vintage sterling silver and turquoise squash blossom necklace
Vintage Classic Turquoise
23 1/2" - N579 - $1,050

Vintage Cerillos Turquoise Necklace, Bracelet, Earring and Ring Set by Navajo artist Mary Becenti
Vintage Cerrillos Turquoise
Necklace, Bracelet, Ring,
and Earrings

24" necklace; 6 1/2 bracelet
6 1/4 ring - #S507 - $2,250

Vintage sterling silver and turquoise squash blossom necklace 24 inch
Classic Turquoise
24" - N346 - $950

sterling silver and blue turquoise squash blossom necklace excellent condition 25 inches long
Blue Turquoise
25" - N619 - $1,350

Vintage sterling silver bead and Liberty/Eagle quarters necklace 25 inches
Vintage Liberty/Eagle Quarters
Bead Necklace with Naja

25" - N57
6 - $525

Vintage blue turquoise squash blossom necklace 26 inch
Vintage Blue Turquoise
26" - N401 - $950

KingmanTurquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, Bracelet, Ring Set
Kingman Turquoise
26" - #S503 - $1,250

Authentic Native American Vintage Navajo chip inlay peyoter bird squash blossom-style necklace by Navajo artist Robert Vandover
Vintage Chip Inlay Peyote Bird
Robert Vandover, Navajo
26" - N425 - $950

Authentic Native American vintage collectible museum quality sterling silver and turquoise squash blossom necklace by Zuni artist Frank Dishta
Frank Dishta, Zuni
Vintage Museum Quality
Squash Blossom Necklace

26" - N555 - $4,500

vintage sterling silver and Turquoise squash blossom necklace necklace
Vintage Petit Point
28" - N585 - $1,050

sterling silver Vintage Squash Blossom Necklace 28 inch
Vintage Stamped Sterling Silver
28" - N325 - $1,250 $625

Vintage 
Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, Bracelet, Ring and Earrings Set
Vintage Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace, Bracelet, Ring and Earrings Set 28" - #S495 - $2,500
Authentic Liberty Dime and Dollar Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace
Vintage Green Turquoises
Denet Clark, Navajo

28 1/2" - N442 - $1950

vintage cast sterling silver and Turquoise Fleur-de-lis and naja necklace
Vintage Fleur-de-Lis with Naja
29" - N584 - $1,450

Vintage Navajo sterling silver turquoise petit point squash blossom necklace by Larry Moses Begay
Larry Moses Begay, Navajo
Turquoise Petit Point

29" - N559 - $2450

Vintage Navajo sterling silver Chip Inlay Peyote Bird necklace by Hyson Craig
Vintage Peyote Waterbird
Hyson Craig, Navajo

30" - N482 - $1450

Authentic Native American Vintage sterling silver Turquoise Petit Point Set by Navajo Phillip Byjoe
Vintage Petit Point Set
Phillip Byjoe, Navajo
32 1/2" - S440 - $8,995

Native American Jewelry Blog tips and iinformationSquash Blossom Symbolism

Corn, squash and beans are the traditional mainstays of the southwestern diet, culture and symbolism and are used in many ways in art and ceremony. The squash blossom represents abundant life.

What is a squash blossom necklace?

"Some say the Navajo squash blossom necklace has a connection to southwestern agriculture, other say the the spread petal design is just that, a design, and that is was only after white man asked, “what is this, what does it mean” did the name squash blossom come to be. Yet others say the Navajo copied a similar Spanish design of the pomegranate – look at the end of a pomegranate sometime and compare it to the “squash blossom” bead.

"The Navajo word for the “squash blossom” bead means “bead that spreads out” so it would seem to me that the original intent was design, not squash. But what do I know, I wasn’t around in 1880 when spread beads first appeared.

"Whichever is the true account, it seems that originally Navajo silversmiths used simple silver bead necklaces to suspend their naja pendants. In about 1880, the tri-petal form that we know as a squash blossom bead appeared.

"At first, tri-petal silver beads were simply interspersed with plain beads in a naja necklace. Then stones began to be added to the blossom beads partly to please the maker but mostly to satisfy customer demand.

"While usually associated with Navajo silversmiths, squash blossom necklaces are also made and worn by Pueblo and Zuni people. Zuni necklaces usually feature needlepoint designs. Although there can be any number of squash blossoms on each side of a necklace, there are often six on each side, making twelve squash blossoms and one central naja.

"Full size squash blossom necklaces are often quite large and heavy and most suitable for occasional ceremonial wear. Smaller, lighter versions are made to be worn as everyday jewelry." - Paula

What is a Naja?

The horseshoe shaped naja originated with the Moors in Spain. It is a good luck charm to ward off the evil eye. It was often used on the browband of Moorish Horses. It is thought that it came to Mexico via the Spanish Moors and from there was adopted by the Navajo Indians. The naja is the base pendant of many ornate squash blossom necklaces: read more . . .

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Native American Jewelry blog tips and informationWe are in the vintage Native American jewelry rescue business and are passionate about finding new homes for used and vintage jewelry and artifacts. That's why we purchase Native American pieces from estates, inheritances, collection downsizing and New Old Stock (NOS) inventory from closed stores.

Often people contact us after taking a box of Native American jewelry to their local pawn shop and find that a pawn shop is mainly interested in melt value of the metals and not in preserving the beautiful historic pieces. To hear that people have considered selling these treasures for melt value makes us truly sad.

Melt value is usually far below what we would offer for the jewelry. Yet we can't pay retail price for items because of the time and cost involved in finding new homes for them. We have to research, often repair and restore the jewelry, photograph and list each item on our website, and sometimes hold pieces in inventory for years until the right buyer comes along.

We hope you'll find something special in our vintage shop that will complete yet another circle of our jewelry re-homing mission.

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