I always wondered – why these lofty horse-shoe-esque silver and turquoise necklaces, so characteristic of Southwest Indian jewellery, are called squash blossoms. I always looked at the squash blossom flower, squinting my eyes trying to somehow glimpse a similar design element… to no avail. Well maybe if you turn your head like – sideways…
I just googled it and apparently no one really knows why they share the same name as these sweet little zuccini flowers! I read that perhaps it may have been a mistranslation between English, Spanish, and one of the Southwest Indian languages, or perhaps someone thought the shape of the beads looked like squash blossoms at some point (though I cant really think how)… Though the squash is an important ingredient in Native American cooking – so perhaps the necklaces were inspired by them… If someone has a more coherent and less ‘stumbled on while googling’ explanation I’d love to know!
I love the image above of the necklace worn with an Iron Maiden Tee – such a twist on the image I had in my head of how these necklaces are usually adorned.