Why We Love the Squash Blossom Necklace
Native American jewelry is full of rich history and true artistry. If you've never put on an authentic squash blossom necklace, we suggest you start there. There is a beautiful weight to each necklace, and you can feel the importance of each piece. Whether you choose a squash blossom necklace in turquoise or plain silver, it's a great way to stay stylish, yet authentically true.
There are three parts to the necklace – the beaded necklace, the "blossoms" sprouting from the necklace beads and the inverted crescent pendant called the "Naja."
The origins of the name are a little loose. It is thought that the Navajo first adopted the squash blossom in the late 1800s after seeing the pomegranate designs that the Spanish people donned. It was also through the Spanish that the Navajo adopted the Naja symbol, which was put on horses' bridles, a tradition that dates back to the Moors.
It's an honor, really, to wear one of these handcrafted pieces, and we don't ever see them going out of style. Thanks to designers like Ralph Lauren, the squash blossom has even had its moment on the runway. Lauren admires 'the Indians' purity' and considers their jewelry to be 'natural and nonfashion,'" according to a New York Times' 1981 article.
We love that this timeless pieces encompasses all ages, young or old. And it doesn't just translate to Western wear. Style the squash however you'd like – with a fitted blazer, a black moto jacket or a flowy boho dress. It's an investment piece and a staple here at J. Landa.
Jay keeps a year-round collection of beautifully curated squashes in store. We're in love with artist Chimney Butte's latest labradorite squash - it's a serious piece of drag with a serious story to tell!