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Native American Squash Blossom

Of all the fabulous items that Alltribes provides, one of the most characteristic and well known is the Squash Blossom Necklace. The principle part of the necklace is the crescent-shaped "naja". When Native American Indian jewelry is mentioned, the symbol that often comes to mind is the squash blossom necklace. These Navajo necklaces are the cornerstone of most Native American Indian jewelry collections

When Navajo silversmiths adopted the crescent-shaped "naja" of the Spanish into their own artwork, the Southwest Indian squash blossom jewelry necklaces were silver only. Approximately in 1880, silver necklaces made by the Navajo consisted of plain beads hung with a pendant in "naja" form. Beads on early necklaces have the largest beads placed on the middle of the strand. Like the pendant, graduation of the beads serves to define the center, both visually and by the weight of the larger, heavier beads. Each bead is made from two pieces of silver. Each half is domed by hammering the piece of silver in a wooden mold with a smooth round punch and then holes are punched in the center of each. The halves are soldered together. The bead is then buffed and polished; then the beads are strung. (The idea for hollow silver beads may have come from two button halves soldered together. The idea of buttons would have come from Spanish clothing decoration.) A simple strand of beads, graduated or not, suggests a rhythmic progression. Navajo song has been described as making creative use of repetition by introducing subtle patterns of alternation and progression. The evolved formal arrangement of necklace beads suggests a similar interest in repetition with variation. Similar rhythmic structures exist in music. The same interest in order, stability, and harmony found in this squash blossom necklace can also be found in Navajo music.

The now-familiar turquoise inlay patterns were a Zuni innovation in the 19th century. The squash blossom necklace serves as a reminder of the close interaction between the Pueblo and Navajo Indians since the mid 1800s. The necklace itself is Navajo, adopted by the Zuni. As the incorporation of turquoise on each of the blossoms is an advent of the Zuni, later adopted by the Navajo, it can be said that the Southwest Indian squash blossom jewelry necklaces originates not just from one of the people, but from many.

 

Welcome to Alltribes.com!

  We have been serving the Native American/Southwestern jewelry industry for many years, and we are the online leaders in Native American jewelry.  First time visitors on our website are probably wondering, just who we are, and what has made us so popular.  We are a wholesale dealer, who stands behind our products.  All of our products are genuine, including the Southwestern artifacts that we sell, as well as, our jewelry.  We believe in accurately representing our products. If you have any questions or concerns, whatsoever, please let us know.  We will be happy to clarify them for you.  Alltribes has received terrific reviews from all corners of the world.  We are known, as a trend-setter in the world of both Native American jewelry and fashion jewelry.  We remain committed to getting this information out to every Native American enthusiast out there. These are the principles that we represent.  Alltribes prides itself on its extensive collection of Native American jewelry, Kachina dolls, pottery and artifacts. We have never lost sight of the cultural impact that has been left by the American Southwest. It is especially, seen by the artworks that the Native Americans have left for all of us to view.  The Navajo, Hopi and Zuni tribes tell only a part of the legendary tales that defines the desert.  Alltribes is, also, at the front of the social media revolution. Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are just some of the places that you can find high quality pictures, as well as, special discounts and savings on Alltribes’ jewelry.  We have come a long way from the days of yesteryear, when we first started out on our venture.  We can boast that Alltribes has been in the making for about, fifty-plus years. It began when our original owner sold his first two rings for $20.00, and, then, decided to make his mark on the industry by starting our business, Alltribes!  At one time, we had stores in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona, but then, the internet came on the scene, and we made the change.  We therefore, converted over to our online stores, and the rest is history.

When you shop at Alltribes, you will find a vast array of jewelry.  We boast the largest collection of turquoise jewelry, which is genuine.  We deal with Sleeping Beauty and Kingman Turquoise, which is native to our area.  We purchase our stones directly from the miners, so that there is no middle man to deal with.  Then too, we also, can offer handmade jewelry pieces that can be made right here in our shop, in Gilbert, Arizona, by Native American Artists/silversmith that can design, customize and create.  We boast the largest selection of turquoise jewelry, silver jewelry and also, other gemstones with many of our designs.  We also, have an exquisite collection of jewelry pieces that includes, inlay rings, dangle earrings, pendants, belt buckles, watches and bolo ties.  Most of these pieces are formed with silver by our silversmith.  Alltribes’ focus is to create fashionable items for all walks of life.  We can create for the conservative or for the bold enthusiast.  We can guarantee that you will find something in the Alltribes’ collections that will help you make that special connection. Southwest and Native American jewelry has experienced a surge in popularity, over the last decade. For further information, please contact us, we will be happy to offer you our expertise and assist you!

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