Carico Lake Turquoise Cluster Squash Blossom Necklace
Style #: SW-154-N
- Turquoise: Carico Lake
- Artist: Pansy Johnson
- Sterling silver
- Hallmark stamped
- Length: 24"
A staple addition to your Southwest fashion collection, Carico Lake Turquoise is also a collectible North American Turquoise with an astonishing color palette. Ranging from highly unique electric greens to sky blue; from teal to mossy, earthy greens.
At the young age of 12, Pansy began making traditional Diné jewelry, training at the knee of her talented parents. Pansy is recognized for her traditional cluster work.
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 for their likeness to an actual squash or pomegranate blossoms, although sometimes the design does not actually incorporate them.