Campitos Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace FJN1628
Campito is derived from the Spanish word "campo" meaning "field" or "countryside". Mined in Mexico from the Pino Chueco and Cananea mines in Sonora, Campitos is a favorite for jewelry artisans. Campitos is unique in several ways. It grows in clay as free-form nuggets, rather than in veins which is typical of many North American turquoises. Its color closely resembles that of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and ranges from a light to medium blue with no matrix. Occasionally you may find pyrite inclusions, which give it a little bit of sparkle.
Recognized as one of the most significant pieces in any collection, the Squash Blossom is a highly prized piece of jewelry. Despite carrying world-wide significance through many Native peoples, there is very documentation regarding the history of the Squash Blossom necklace.
Perhaps the most significant piece of the necklace, the Naja, can be traced back to not only many Native American cultures, but also those of the Greeks and Romans. Meaning "crescent" in Navajo, the Naja is a symbol seen in everything from jewelry to horse bridles and incorporates multiple meanings across many cultures.
Authentic Handmade Native American Jewelry
Ella Peters is a Master Navajo Silversmith. She has been silversmithing for over 45 years. Born in the Tsa-ya-toh area, Ella’s Father taught her to weave and work metal at a very young age, and she has been doing so ever since.