NOTE: This squash blossom necklace is temporarily on loan to Cowboys & Indians magazine for use in its Spring Fashion shoot (March/April issue out in February '17), but is available for purchase with delivery in early-to-mid December.
Squash blossom necklaces have been around for hundreds of years, originating as ceremonial wear for native medicine men. The squash blossom morphed into high-fashion womens' wear during the twentieth century. But men still wear them as well. During the annual Code Talkers Day parade some of the code talkers wore them in the parade. Real full-size, Navajo-made squash blossoms (nor those lightweight, downsized tourist curious squash blossoms of questionable origin) are very expensive. The winner of the tv talent show, "The Voice, wore a squash blossom necklace nearly every episode. And during the Fall, 2016 season of the same show one of the contenders wears a squash blossom necklace during competition. This one has 18 large pieces of Nevada turquoise—both Kingman and Royston mines. It is 29 inches end-to-end and has a very large naja (the bottom part that resembles a horseshoe) with seven turquoise stones. It weighs 10.3 ounces. Hallmarked "AL." A very, very impressive piece!