Navajo Squash blossom turquoise necklace of Sleeping Beauty turquoise interspersed with Navajo pearls and squash blossom accents in shadow box design. Seventeen practically flawless turquoise stones. Lightweight design with nice patina. The Navajo word for the squash blossom bead literally means “bead that spreads out”. This tri-petal form first appeared about 1880. Scholars believe that this flower motif was introduced by the Spanish as a variation of the pomegranate flower blossom, and the Navajo adapted it as a symbol of their revered squash. Initially the necklaces were rather simple with the tri-petal silver beads interspersed with rather plain beads. In time, stones were added to the blossom beads as demonstrated in our collection. According to the Navajo, the Naja is strictly decorative; however, it has always been held in high regard by the Navajo and other peoples.
PERIOD: Last Half 20th CenturyORIGIN: Southwest - Navajo, Native American
SIZE: Length 23 1/4"; Naja 3" x 2 1/2"H