Behind The Beauty – Squash Blossom Necklaces
What is a Squash Blossom Necklace?
Who doesn’t love beautiful jewelry? The unique style and craftsmanship of Native American adornments has attracted jewelry lovers from all over for centuries. Not only are genuine, handcrafted pieces of Native American jewelry stunning fashion accessories, they are also symbols of tribal pride to be enjoyed by those who wear them. The Squash Blossom necklace is a perfect example.
A Squash Blossom necklace is a necklace with a flower shaped pendant, often fashioned from silver with turquoise inlay or beadwork. Its name is misleading, however, because the flowery pendant resembles a young pomegranate more than a squash blossom, which is a symbol adopted from the Spanish in the early nineteenth century. The Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni tribes of the Southwest adopted the Spanish design and have turned it into a signature piece of Native American beauty sought around the world.
When shopping for the perfect squash blossom necklace, look for authenticity. There is a lot of fakery out there, so consumers should be educated on what to look for. If a display sign says “Village Made,” ask which village it was. It could be a reproduction from a village in China, and not Native American at all.
The most important way to ensure the authenticity of any Native American jewelry is to buy it from a trustworthy source, like Seven Arrows Art Gallery. Cheryl is knowledgeable about all of the pieces in the gallery, because she buys them directly from Native American craftsman. By going to a trustworthy source like Seven Arrows Art Gallery, jewelry lovers can wear their authentic squash blossom necklaces with pride.