Sunday, June 18, 2017

Making A Statement: The Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace

Always in style in the Southwest these American Indian iconic necklaces entered mainstream fashion in the 1970's, including with celebrities like Cher and Raquel Welch.   I've noticed that turquoise squash blossom necklaces are popular once again, and appearing around the necks of the fashionable and famous like Kyle Richards, Katy Perry & Anne Hathaway, who just wore one a couple of weeks ago to another celebrity's wedding.  I got one over a year ago, just because I love them.  Summer is a great time to wear them, so time to get one and make it a summer staple.

You can find authentic vintage ones for thousands of dollars, but there are fashion jewelry examples for under $100,  I got my small version from The Southwest Indian Foundation catalog, where every purchase helps impoverished Native Americans.

My squash blossom necklace

And P.S. I've posted about this necklace before the recent resurgence in popularity, but thought it deserved another look.  Southwestern Style

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Form & Function

I was shopping in Bed Bath & Beyond and saw a jewelry display form with tray and snatched it up. There's a form for a necklace, two side trays for earrings, brooches and bracelets and a section for rings.  I plan to use it to pull my jewelry ensembles together when I'm getting ready to go out.  And, in between occasions to dress up I'm going to use the necklace form to display a beautiful necklace for inspiration.  I have a lot of statement necklaces that I rarely wear and this will encourage me to rotate them and use them more often.  I'm always in a rush and often just don't have time to pick out lots of jewelry in the morning, but now there will always be one at my fingertips!

The jewelry display form & case

It's been beastly hot here the past couple of days, more like the dog days of August in Santa Fe than mid June in NYC, and a favorite summer staple is Southwestern style turquoise so I'm displaying a fun faux turquoise necklace at the moment.  I love this necklace and I'm going to incorporate it into an outfit this week.

Faux turquoise statement necklace

Stay tuned for more "necklace of the week" posts!