You could win this beautiful Hopi squash blossom necklace in a raffle, the proceeds of which benefit the programs of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West! The drawing is September 19, 2020.
Squash Blossom Necklace
- Made by a member of the Hopi tribe of Arizona
- Sterling silver and what is likely Kingman turquoise
This is a very fine mid-twentieth century sterling silver and natural turquoise necklace of the highest quality made by a Hopi Indian working in Arizona.
While there are many different styles of squash blossom necklaces, this is a very unusual example made by a Hopi Indian. The naja (upside down crescent pendant) has a sandcast design that features a central piece of natural turquoise. Only the Hopi produce this kind of sandcast work and this is a highly detailed and well-made example.
Each necklace bead is handmade by creating two identical half spheres and then seaming them together to make the round bead. In between the double row of beading are fine squash blossoms (so named because the flared flower on the central bud is reminiscent of the flowers on native squash plants). Each blossom has sandcast design elements with inset stones and a worked flower.
The necklace is in original condition and has not been polished in order to preserve the original patina and to demonstrate that it has not been altered.
Tickets for the necklace raffle are $10 each or 6 tickets for $50. Buy yours online today!
The drawing takes place Saturday, September 19, 2020, at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s annual Patrons Ball fundraising gala. Need not be present to win.