Southwestern Native American peoples, upon seeing these iron ornaments, slowly began to acquire these pieces, predominantly through trade, and soon graced the necks of the local populace. Shop Now See virtual tour of our store These pendants , originally brought from Spain, reflected the influence of earlier Moorish conquests and the occupation of Spain. The piece can also be traced even further back in time to an ancient object used to ward off the evil eye. Over time, and with each generation, the naja became more and more symbolic with various ceremonials. As most ceremonials were related to the agricultural cycle, the naja became associated with crop fertility. Once silver beads came into fashion around , it followed that they became the logical place to display this now prominent symbol. There is, however, doubt that Navajo silversmiths attempted to depict this blossom in their beads. It is doubtful, therefore, that the Navajo intended that the bead represent a squash blossom. Nonetheless, all have tended to portray the necklace in a crop-fertility light, likely because the pieces were used so often in ceremonials dealing with the agricultural cycle. In addition, the beads and chain looked like pomegranates or squash blossoms, whether or not that particular aspect was intentional.
Squash Blossom Necklace
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Squash Blossom Necklace | Unknown Navajo Artist. Circa ‘s | Cast silver naja, the silver beads are made from dimes; date in general to the early s and.
Delivering the news jewelers need since A squash blossom necklace from the collection of the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Created by Zuni artist Leekya Deyuse in , this particular squash blossom features fetish carvings of frogs in the turquoise. A Zuni trademark, fetish jewelry features animals, leaves or faces carved out of a hard material, like turquoise, coral, rocks or antlers.
A necklace crafted in silver and turquoise consisting of round silver beads interspersed with beads that look like they are blooming, all leading down to what looks like a horseshoe or, some would say, a crescent moon turned on its side. Who were the first to make these necklaces that we know as squash blossoms and where did they get their name? Hint: It is from a fruit, though maybe not the one you have in mind. When were the first squash blossom necklaces made?
While squash blossom imagery can be found in petroglyphs rock art that pre-date European contact in the Southwest, Dubin said the squash blossom necklace was created in the late s or early s after the native people of the area made contact with Spanish Mexicans. The Navajo, it is believed, were the first tribe to adopt the design, but by the early s, the art form had spread to neighboring tribes, including the Zuni and the Pueblo.
Another example of an early squash blossom necklace is this one crafted by an unknown A:shiwi Zuni artist around Della Casa Appa was the first Zuni woman silversmith of modern times. She learned her craft from her husband and continued to create jewelry to support her family after his death, defying gender stereotypes about the profession.
Appa often would hide jewelry in her apron pockets in order to avoid the disapproval of her community.
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Native American squash blossoms are some of the best known Indian jewelry. Learn how to date, identify and price squash blossom necklaces through the eyes of Dr. Mark Sublette who has dealt in Indian jewelry for over 20 years.
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Nine silver thunderbird pins assembled in a necklace by Susan Backus. Each pins is decorated with a turquoise stone. Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace, naja with all natural stones possibly Blue Gem and bench-made beads and squash blossoms. Sterling silver with channel inlaid Blue Gem turquoise. Twelve squash blossoms with and made beads. Silver necklace made with nine antique arrow shape and engraved silver pins and pendants.
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Phenomenal, large and important vintage Native American Indian Squash Blossom Necklace, dating to the early 20th Century. The Silver and Turquoise.
Several Native American tribes are known for their unique neckwear designs. To view our Pueblo neckwear galleries, click on a thumbnail image below: Kewa Necklaces Featuring the traditionally-inspired contemporary neckwear of Nestoria Coriz, Kewa Pueblo Zuni Fetish Necklaces Only a handful of fetish carvers craft these delicate and varied animal necklaces. They are highly-collectible. Most of the early fetish carvings were worn as necklaces rather than carried or displayed.
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Squash Blossom Necklaces
Squash blossom necklaces have become synonymous with Southwestern Native American jewelry. These unique and beautiful necklaces were originally created by the Navajo, with origins dating back to the s. Rumor has it that the Navajo people chose this design due to the pomegranate decorative element of the colonial Spanish.
If you’re looking for a wonderful squash blossom necklace, this is the one! We are dating it circa It measures 14 7/8″ long. The naja measures 1 13/16″.
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Hi, this is an old squash blossom necklace s? This is a great looking necklace. Love the simple ones. The older style, simple squash blossoms are also my favorite. But to my amateur eye it does appear to be an early one. I have never heard someone give a date of when sheet silver became available to Navajo silversmiths, but I would imagine it is after World War II. You always hear of those stories of the government giving traders one once slugs.
In ancient cultures red has always been the color of life and the blood that sustains it. The naja and blossoms in this beautifully crafted necklace represent fertility and abundance–freedom from want of those things that one needs to live and thrive. Symbolism aside, this very wearable hand-made squash blossom necklace is a handsome accessory that will make a statement, without being over stated.
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Hi Nicole, Yazzie is one of the most common Navajo last names and there are many Yazzie silversmiths. The other part could say Navajo Some Navajo artists like to stamp Navajo on their pieces and 88 could refer to the year. Enjoy your wonderful bracelet!! Good luck! Glad you like the posts.