The Squash Blossom Necklace
This statement piece is composed of beautiful silver-tone and jasper beads — in various hues of deep olive — all strung on soft, supple elkskin leather; accompanied by naja (crescent) pendants, and a tan deerskin tassel. Like most Squash Blossom Necklaces, this one’s an “eye-catcher” — very substantial and very unique!
The Double R Squash Blossom Necklace looks fabulous with any outfit… wear it with a sweater and jeans… black leather jacket… tee and shorts… or that little black dress! It’s adjustable with a tie back to suit your taste or mood!
The Navajo word for the “squash blossom” bead is “yo ne maze disya gi”, which means simply “bead that spreads out.” It’s interesting to know that nothing in the word denoted squash or pomegranate blossom. Perhaps the word was coined by a white man, asking a Navajo what the bead represented… However it originated, the “spread out” bead necklace, has always had a tendency to be portrayed in a crop-fertility light. The Native American ceremonials largely dealt with the agricultural cycle, and the first jewelry was worn during these occasions. In addition, the beads and other metal work on these necklaces seemed to simulate pomegranates or squash blossoms, and in their origination almost all were accompanied by the “naja” or inverted crescent, as the centerpiece.
Whatever its true origination, I think we all can agree that the Squash Blossom Necklace that we know and think of today, is most definitely a large, statement piece of jewelry, with beads and/or pendants that “spread out”. The same rings true for the Double R Squash Blossom Necklace.