Campitos Turquoise Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace
Style #: SW-011-N
- Turquoise: Campitos Turquoise
- Artist: Bobby Johnson
- Sterling silver
- Authentic Handmade Native American Jewelry
- Hallmark stamped
- Length: 22"
Bobby Johnson is from Church Rock, New Mexico. He began silversmithingin the early 70’s, under the tutelage of his older brothers and sisters,who are also expert silversmiths. Bobby’s love for turquoise &silver led him to choose his life’s work, and he continues to delightlovers of Native American jewelry with both his unique designs &traditional techniques.
Campitos is derived from the Spanish word "campo" meaning "field" or"countryside". Mined in Mexico from the Pino Chueco and Cananea mines inSonora, Campitos is a favorite for jewelry artisans. Campitos is uniquein several ways. It grows in clay as free-form nuggets, rather than inveins which is typical of many North American turquoises. Its colorclosely resembles that of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and ranges from alight to medium blue with no matrix. Occasionally you may find pyriteinclusions, which give it a little bit of sparkle.
The elements of the squash blossom necklace originated in ancient cultures, but come together as a uniquely Navajo tradition. In the American Southwest, Spanish and Moorish influences introduced the Naja shape, which can be traced back through multiple cultures to paleolithic times. The word Naja in the native language of the Navajo People, means ‘crescent shape’ or ‘curve’. The naja shape was used to decorate the horse bridles of the Spanish, and over time was adopted as the centerpiece for the squash blossom necklace. Squash blossom beads are named (“the beads that spread out”) for their likeness to an actual squash or pomegranate blossoms, although sometimes the design does not actually incorporate the ‘beads that spread out’.