Museum quality turquoise Mountain Squash Blossom Necklace
This exceptional Sterling Silver Native American squash blossom necklace features natural stones from the ‘Turquoise Mountain’ Turquoise mine. Beautifully made by Navajo Indian jewelry artist, Andy Cadman. 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 people.
* Period: After 1950
* Origin: Navajo, Southwest
* Size: Length: 18 inches Naja: 4” long x 2 1/2" wide
* Artist: Andy Cadman
* Tribe: Navajo
* Metal: Sterling Silver
* Stone: Turquoise Mountain Turquoise
* Length: 28"
* Width: 3 1/4" Naja
* Height: 3 3/4" Naja
* Weight: 0.75lbs