One Native American Fashion Trend That’s On The Rise

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SilverTribe.com unveils a new collection of Native American squash blossom necklaces due to the rise in their popularity across the Southwest.

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You can see the dedication that goes into each piece, often taking hours and hours of precision to make their sterling silver settings and cutting fine turquoise or coral stones and placing them into their settings takes talent.

People may have seen these beautifully ornate and intricately designed necklaces somewhere before but they have a richer history than most think. The origin of the Native American squash blossom necklace actually comes from Spain. From the Paleolithic period to Phoenician culture, the crescent shape that is seen in modern fashion has likewise represented different things.

This look seems to be taking the world by storm, as more high-end fashion designers continue to incorporate this design into their work.

SilverTribe.com, a local Southwest company that works with Native American artists has just finished putting together a collection of these stunning pieces and is ready to share them with the world. The company’s spokesman, Chris Anderson, even gave a few words on their latest release.

“We’re extremely proud of the work our artists have done with this collection. You can see the dedication that goes into each piece, often taking hours and hours of precision to make their sterling silver settings and cutting fine turquoise or coral stones and placing them into their settings takes talent. You don’t see that kind of time and effort put into to jewelry anymore, especially with the larger jewelry companies that mass produce their products.”

The team at SilverTribe.com gave a little background to the history of the Native American squash blossom necklace as well, dating back to the 1800s, when the Spaniards traveled to the new world. At this time, they traded with and taught the Native Americans how to work with silver, influencing their culture for generations to come.

Today, most of the Native American squash blossom necklaces are made by the Navajo tribe and can be found in the Southwest region. The art form has been passed from generation to generation, making these pieces all the more interesting. Typically, the Native artists use sterling silver as the setting and gemstones like turquoise, oyster shell, coral, and onyx to make masterful works.

Among the new collection of squash blossom necklaces, SilverTribe.com showcases pieces that incorporate traditional Native American symbols as well. Symbolism holds a special significance in Native American culture, often featuring animal shapes that are believed to imbue the wearer with similar traits, like the strength of the bear or the cunning of the raven.

Anderson and the team invite everyone to come see what their artists have created. Those interested in viewing the entirety of SilverTribe’s squash blossom necklaces can visit their site, here.

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