Navajo Najas & The Squash Blossom

The squash blossom necklace: one of the most recognizable artifacts of Native American accessories, and the only piece of jewelry that Randi and Meaghan regularly fight over. You see, there's only one of them in our vast collection of vintage jewels. Until another one can be procured (not an easy feat, nor an inexpensive one), it will always be a coin toss between who gets to wear it. To be fair, it is technically Randi's and Meaghan is a thief (see below).

             That time Meaghan won the Squash Blossom war and made sure it was caught on film.

There are few options for authentic, vintage Squash Blossom necklaces (most amazing finds are on eBay) and, like Navajo enthusiast Pamela Love, we prefer the old stuff. Love the look like us? Read on for some current jewels that capture the spirit of the Squash blossom, some of the real deal, and some smart celebs rockin' the Squash like no one's business.  

I say antiques are always the best.
— Pamela Love, jewelry designer

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The moist poignant feature of the original Squash Blossom necklace (most often made of Kingman or Sleeping Beauty turquoise and coral) is referred to as the 'Naja', which is the crescent-shaped pendant hanging from the bottom of the piece. The Navajo word for 'crescent' is Naja, so this makes complete sense. 

The Navajos wore the Naja on a rawhide necklace as a symbol of beauty and the necklaces came to symbolize wealth. If one tribe member had this major statement piece, others wanted one, too —and if possible, something better. In this way, the early Native Americans are just like the Manhattanites of today. It all comes full circle.