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Squash Blossom Earrings

$175

Item Number: DR 142
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
Artist: Unknown
Medium: Sterling silver
Age: 1950s
Dimensions: 1 1/4″ in length and 1/2″ in diameter

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Description

These beautiful sterling silver squash blossom dangle earrings pure vintage beauty. They are perfect to wear with your favorite squash necklace. These vintage earrings have been converted from screwbacks to French hooks for ease of wearing.

John Adair, author of an early and authoritative book on Native jewelry, The Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths, observed in the 1930s that small squash blossoms were being made as attachments to earrings.  Squash blossoms are known as adornments on necklaces early in the 20th century, so it is not unexpected that they would be used on earrings as well.

The shorter design on these squash blossoms, as those on early necklaces, indicate their early date. Later the blossoms became longer, perhaps to be more impressive.

Condition: Excellent; these earrings have not been polished, but they have been converted for pierced ears.
Provenance:  My mother purchased these earrings in the 1950s on one of her any trips to Santa Fe.

Additional information

Weight 1 oz