Vintage Navajo Sterling Silver Natural carico lake Turquoise Naja Pendant Necklace. The naja is a Navajo ornament, derived from the word "nazhai" meaning crescent.
A common Native American motif, it is generally crafted in silver, often featuring turquoise stones within the design. Although it was originally worn alone or with silver beads, it eventually became incorporated in the iconic squash blossom design, a popular Navajo motif. While the naja is still used in modern Native American and Southwestern jewelry in the modern day, the vintage pieces are especially desirable among collectors! This vintage Navajo necklace from the 1960s is a wonderful example of the traditional naja design!
An incredible statement piece, the necklace is handcrafted in sterling silver, and is quite substantial both in size and appearance. An elaborate naja pendant dangles from the center, forming the shape of an inverted crescent. Two natural carico lake nevada turquoise stones adorn the surface of the naja pendant, each encased within closed back bezel setting. The turquoise stones vary slightly in size and shape, and all display a a wonderful sea green color marbled with natural mineral veins throughout (known as "matrix"). The huge pendant hangs from a long strand of a sterling silverchain A simple hook closure fastens the piece securely in the back.
When worn, the necklace hangs long and drapes prominently below the collar bone. A very striking artisan piece, it would appeal to any turquoise lover, or collector of Native American Navajo jewelry!No marks but tested as sterling silver naja pendant is 2? Tall x 2"inches wide sterling silver chain is 20"inches long Total weight 57.7grams lovely piece of art? This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American: US\1935-Now\Jewelry". The seller is "joseeligogarciaciachino" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.