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 (not those lightweight, downsized tourist curious squash blossoms of questionable origin) are very expensive. 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," which is Augustine Largo, Navajo. A very, very impressive piece!