October 2022 - Squash Blossom Necklaces

Fall is definitely on the way...what are your plans? If you haven't made any, why not take a trip to Globe, Arizona and visit the Pickle Barrel Trading Post! You'll enjoy a unique shopping experience in our 8,000 square foot historic building that dates all the way back to before Arizona was a state. While you're here, try one of many great restaurants along with the Salado Indian ruins, an art gallery, hiking trails, and so much more!

This month we take a look at the history of Squash Blossom necklaces.

Read on and enjoy!

 

Navajo artisans learned silversmithing from Hispanic artists in New Mexico, as well as Plains Indians craftsmen. The creativity and innovation of those early Navajo silversmiths soon lent itself to many forms and styles of jewelry - one of which was the squash blossom necklace.  



The term squash blossom was attached at an early date to the unusual bead which has a flowering end. The Navajo word "Chil Bitan" means flower-like bead, or more literally translated, "bead which spreads out."



Although today squash blossom necklaces include much variation that is limited only by the imaginations of their designers, the pieces each follow the same basic form: an inverted crescent, or Naja, centerpiece, surrounded on each side by an average of 6 smaller flower pieces.  



The Naja symbol - the impressive centerpiece of the squash blossom design - is said to have originated in the Middle East, where the Moors brought horse shoe shaped jewelry with them as a ward against the evil eye into Spain. From here, the Spanish conquistadors brought the symbol to the Navajo, who adopted the unique design.

 

Whether you're shopping for one of these striking pieces or just enjoying a visual feast at our store, we look forward to seeing you!

 

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