While squash blossom necklaces were not worn for ceremonial purposes, they were often used as a display of wealth or status. The wealthier or more prestigious the wearer, the larger and more impressive the squash blossom became. When squash blossom necklaces originated, both the Native Americans and settlers would wear much of their wealth. Although the squash blossom necklaces were not worn for specific ceremonies, the Naja was still thought to protect the wearers from evil spirits, while the t
A squash blossom necklace is made primarily from silver and turquoise (or other semi-precious stones) and may feature silver beads surrounding beads that look like they are blooming, hence the term “blossom.” It is said that these blossoms are fashioned after the pomegranate flower, seen on Spanish conquistadors. The horseshoe-shaped Naja is the focal point of any squash blossom necklace, typically strung at the bottom. Squash blossom necklaces predate English contact with Native Americans in t
Only one type of jewelry can accent your face shape, your eye color, and the highlights in your hair: earrings. Each pair of Native American turquoise earrings at Palms Trading Company is unique, and within the variety of shapes, sizes, and stone colors in our selection, you’re sure to find the perfect pair that enhances your features.
Today, turquoise use in Native American jewelry includes everything from necklaces and rings to bracelets and earrings. The proliferation of online shopping options has opened up the turquoise jewelry market to a much broader base of customers who do not have to travel to Arizona or New Mexico to get authentic, handcrafted turquoise jewelry items. When purchasing turquoise, buyers and enthusiasts are encouraged to use caution, as some sellers buy mass-produced pieces from overseas that can be pl
The Navajo tribe assimilated the idea of kachina dolls into their own culture with influence from the Hopi Indians, however, they no longer associate solemnity with them. Therefore, the Navajo Kachina dolls are more whimsical in nature and often feature decorative materials like leather, feathers, and beads. The skill required to craft each of these and the tradition of kachina dolls make a kachina from the Navajo Nation a wonderful addition to any collection. Palms Trading Company in Albuquerqu
New Mexico - Water carrier stands on ladder in New Mexico Acoma Pueblo. Three reservations make up Acoma Pueblo: Sky City (Old Acoma), Acomita, and McCartys. The Acoma Pueblo tribe is a federally recognized tribal entity. The Acoma have continuously occupied the area for over 800 years. Today, about 300 two and three-story adobe buildings reside on the mesa, with exterior ladders used to access the upper levels where about 30 residents live without electricity or running water.