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Squash Blossom Necklace

New Mexico State Necklace

Native American squash blossom necklace; photo by Maegan Tintari on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Official State Necklace of New Mexico

New Mexico designated the Native American squash blossom necklace as the official state necklace in 2011 (New Mexico also recognizes an official neck tie). All Cultural Heritage Symbols

Considered one of the most characteristic of Southwest Native American jewelry designs, the squash blossom necklace was not traditional until after the arrival of Europeans, when Navajo silversmiths adopted the crescent-shaped "naja" of the Spanish into their own artwork.