Squash Blossom Necklaces

Missing from my jewelry collection is one of the most important forms of Navajo and Southwestern Native American jewelry; a squash blossom necklace. While considered a cornerstone in Native American culture, the design actually evolved slowly and probably wasn't first produced until the 1880s. There also isn't a clear story about why the necklace received its name. Although one of the characteristics of the piece is beads that flower, similar to a squash blossom, the beads actually look more like a pomegranates. The crescent shaped pendant comes from Spain, but has overtime come to symbolize crop fertility. 

Squash Blossom necklaces have been worn by style icons throughout history and are still relevant in fashion today. I love that the silver and turquoise statement piece can be worn with a t-shirt yet can also be dressed up. 

Below are some favorites currently available (click-through each photo for the source).