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Vintage Navajo Naja Necklace


A lovely example of Navajo silverwork. This stunning piece of bluebird turquoise is surrounded by a rope detailed bezel and sits atop a naja with hand-carved hands. 

The word “naja” is the Navajo word for “crescent”. Navajo Indian silversmiths began incorporating the naja design into their jewelry. The Navajo were the main Indian tribe that made the najas, but they were also made by some Pueblo tribes as well. The naja design will vary according to the silversmiths’ creative taste. The hand shapes at the bottom ends of the crescent are believed to be from the Moorish representing the “hands of Fatima.” 

Sterling silver and Bluebird turquoise. 16" in length. Naja pendant is approx 1.5" x 1". 

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