Squash Blossom Necklace Designs
The squash blossom necklace is one of the most distinctive and
beautiful designs in Native American jewelry. At SilverTribe, we
have an amazing selection of the most detailed and elegant squash
blossom necklaces on the market.
Navajo silversmiths first made these dazzling necklaces in the 19th
century, when members of the tribe were introduced to the craft of
metalworking. The origin of the term squash blossom necklace
remains a mystery to this day as both the Navajo and Pueblo tribes
use the description in their respective languages. Many historians
however, believe it was a mistranslation that stuck.
While the Navajo squash blossom necklace is among the more
celebrated varieties, Zuni and Pueblo artists also make outstanding
examples of this popular item. All Southwest tribes use a similar
style and stones, but there are differences that make each tribe's
Traditionally, full-sized squash blossom necklaces are large and
intricately detailed. These were used for special ceremonial
occasions. Today, customers of all backgrounds and influences wear
large squash blossom necklaces for various formal or special
occasions, such as a wedding or graduation.
Smaller, lighter squash blossom necklaces are perfect for any day
of the week and we have a great selection of styles that will suit
any occasion and turn plenty of heads.
There are several features that make a squash blossom necklace
unique. The crescent-shaped pendant on the end is known as the
naja. The naja pendant is often adorned with stones and made with
impeccable detail. The "blossoms" are usually made of sterling
silver and look like flower pedals. They are sometimes adorned with
stones. Many experts believe the pedals more closely resemble
pomegranate blossoms, which were popular with Spanish jewelry at
Some people believe the naja pendant was inspired by the iron horse
bridal designs of Spanish Conquistadors. The ornaments were traded
to American Indians and used as adornment, primarily worn around
the neck. Over the years, the designs became more elaborate,
leading to the beautiful squash blossom necklaces we see today.
The early examples featured basic silver naja pendants. As the
craft advanced, artists became more skilled with silver working and
incorporated elaborate designs into the naja using turquoise and
other beautiful stones.
Another distinguishing feature found on a squash blossom necklace
are sterling silver beads. These beads are typically round; they
are handmade, wrought into spheres and hand soldered to form the
The squash blossom necklace is not attributed to one single tribe.
In fact, the Navajo, Pueblo, Zuni and Hopi all played a role in the
evolution of the style.
We carry a fantastic selection of handmade and hand-strung
turquoise squash blossom necklaces from some of the most respected
American Indian artists in the Southwest. We only carry the highest
quality necklaces available.
But the mystery is undoubtedly part of the appeal. People choose
our squash blossom necklaces because of the beauty and
craftsmanship of our pieces. Our artists make some of the most
alluring examples to fit any budget.
Take some time to explore our vast selection of squash blossom
necklaces designed by some of the most skilled artists in the
field. We carry hand-made Navajo designs with red coral beads
placed in a stunning sterling silver setting.
We also carry old pawn style items featuring Sleeping Beauty
Turquoise and genuine sterling silver. The stones are placed in
hand-cut bezel settings to ensure the highest quality on the
We are always marking down prices and offering huge discounts on
American Necklace products. At SilverTribe, you can browse
through the highest quality hand-made squash blossom necklaces on
the market. Every one we carry is a work of art crafted to the
highest standards to ensure your purchase will look beautiful for
generations to come.