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Squash Blossom Earrings

2002 Andy Cadman Born: Gallup, New Mexico 1966 sterling silver and Carico Lake turquoise A: 2 1/4 x 3/8 x 7/8 in. (5.6 x 0.9 x 2.2 cm) B: 2 1/4 x 3/8 x 1 1/8 in. (5.8 x 0.9 x 2.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Carol and Charles Rademaker and their children, Garth and Louise in honor of Helen Kate Rears 2003.13.2A-B Not currently on view

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Squash Blossom Necklace and Earrings are named for the string of flared “squash blossom” beads and the centerpiece called the naja (pronounced “naah-dja”), meaning “crescent” in Navajo. The origin of the name is uncertain, because the beads do not actually look like squash blossoms, but the necklace itself has become well known in Navajo silversmithing history. Its form dates back to the late sixteenth century, when Spain began colonizing the Four Corners region of the United States. Carico Lake turquoise is dense in zinc, which produces its unique bright green color.


Object - flower - squash blossom

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - silver

stone - turquoise

About Andy Cadman

Born: Gallup, New Mexico 1966

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