Why do we call it a Squash Blossom Necklace?
The name of the necklace really grew out of the one type of bead that was developed by and credited to the Navajo, and whose name in the Navajo language translates to “bead which spreads out.”
While the entire necklace has taken its name from one type of bead, the classic squash blossom necklace actually has three distinct parts: the plain round beads; the round beads with the “petals,” so to speak; and the horseshoe-like pendant at the bottom called the Naja.
This particular necklace does not have a Naja pendant, but does feature the blooming beads, and Kingman Turquoise.
Handmade by Navajo artists on the Navajo Reservation, below the Lukachukai Mountains. The artists are self-taught, and incorporate traditional Navajo symbols and themes into each piece.