I love this Squash Blossom Navajo Necklace. I found this sterling silver and turquoise squash blossom necklace in a shop in Utah in 1970 and added it to my personal collection. This necklace is signed KB by the designer on the back of the Naja. It is in excellent condition and was probably made 1960-1970.
A squash blossom necklace is a Navajo necklace with an upside down crescent (or naja) as the focal piece. The necklace is accented by silver flower beads (squash blossoms). This necklace measures 1.25 inches across and it’s 16 inches long with a separate 4.5 inch long extender of matching silver beads. The naja measures 1.5 x 2 inches. Questions? Contact me.
The Navajo probably started creating these beautiful necklaces in the late 1800’s. According a well known antique jewelry site, there’s an interesting story about the history of the squash blossom necklace: The naja is thought to have derived from South American and Central American peoples, by way of the Spanish and earlier by way of the Moors. The Moors adorned themselves and their horses with an upside down crescent as protecttion from the evil eye.