Vintage Navajo Made Squash Blossom with Turquoise
What is the history of the squash blossom necklace?
The squash blossom has developed slowly and has roots deep in non-native culture and history. The principle part of the necklace is the crescent-shaped “Naja” pendant, which the Southwestern Indians first saw as iron ornaments on the horse bridles of the Spanish Conquistadors in the late 1500s and early 1600s.
Like some many symbols the Squosh Blossom, it was created as a talisman for protection, with the Moors affixing it to their horses' bridles to ward off the evil eye. It ended up as the centerpiece of the squash blossom necklace in one of two ways.