Vintage Navajo Classic Ingot Silver Squash Blossom Necklace


With large hand-wrought silver beads and a generously sized naja pendant terminating with buttons, this circa 1900’s vintage squash blossom is a quintessential example of early Navajo silverwork and traditional jewelry. Strung on its original cord this necklace hangs with a determinate weight, allowing it to maintain its shape and remain an impressive example of the symbolism it represents.

30″ length of beaded chain
4″ diameter of naja

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The Naja Symbol - The naja, (an inverted crescent) has represented a variety of meanings throughout ancient history. Used as a symbol for the Phoenician goddess of fertility, and for the Spanish Moors as protection from the "evil eye". The Navajo adopted the symbol from the Spanish, originally using it as decoration for their horses headstalls. Later it became the crowning achievement of their squash blossom necklaces, as no squash blossom is complete with out it. The Navajo claim there is no precise symbolic significance of the naja, however, it is prevalent in their culture and held in high esteem.

The Squash Blossom Symbol - Squash blossom beads and /or pendants originate from an interpretation of the pomegranate-shaped buttons worn on the pants of the Spanish. In truth, this symbol was possibly misnamed by a trader whom through they looked like squash blossoms. Squash blossom necklaces represent an integration of cultures and continue to be an important design in Native American jewelry.

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 4 in