Sometimes in different cultures & societies we adopt fashion statements solely on the aesthetic rather than the purpose. Squash Blossom necklaces seem to be that piece of fashion for me. I love the way they create this amazing & interesting statement piece any way you style them. I also have a deep love for the southwest & the Native American culture. So, today I did a little digging to learn more about the Squash Blossom as well as show you some of my favorite ways to style them.
Squash Blossoms have been an iconic piece of jewelry for a very long time. One source explained how they are mentioned in the book of Judges adorning the neck of camel's, while some other sources say they were adopted by Spanish Mexicans in the early 1870's. But, the main culture we associate with Squash Blossoms today are Native Americans. The meaning behind the name is just as it sounds, to reflect the flowering blossom on the squash, as well as corn, & other important plants in southwestern agriculture. Some forums also mention that the design was influenced by the end of a pomegranate... I guess we will never know. One other important fact regarding the terminology are the three main parts: the plain round beads, the petals & the Naja ( the main pendant).
I hoped you learned a little something you didn't know before. :)
Here are some of the sources I used if you would love to learn a little more:
1. River Trading Post Squash Blossom History
2. History Behind the Squash Blossom