Circa 1920s Hand Wrought Navajo Naja Pendant Necklace. Pendant: 4 Raw Turquoise Nuggets & Traditional Stampings The outer nuggets run 11-12 mm & the center is 10 mm. Chain: Handmade Benchwork Navajo Pearl & Melon Beads strung on chain. Marks (photo 9): Navajo with a prominent underlined N followed by faint lettering; Underlined M and possibly a smaller M next to it. In the Navajo language it means crescent shape or curve.This amulet, originally used on the browband of Moorish Horses to keep away the evil eye, is thought to have been handed down from the Spanish Moors to Spanish caballeros in Mexico. It is unclear whether the Navajo adopted the crescent directly from the Spanish or from the Plains Indian. Early Navajo Najas were plain sterling, but after 1880 gemstones were also used to embellish the talisman. Excellent Vintage condition with very minor wear considering the age!
Patina is certainly present on this old beauty - I never clean vintage pieces (disturbs the patina) and leave that to the discretion of the new owner. 26.5 Matinee length, Naja is 2 L x 2-1/8 W, 47.5g. Truly a Fabulous Find indeed and sure to bring a multitude of comments and compliments! Your order will be carefully packaged to ensure a safe arrival. Orders placed after 10 a.
The item "NAVAJO STERLING NAJA Necklace 26.5 1920s TURQUOISE Bench Pearls & Melons SIGNED" is in sale since Wednesday, September 16, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "bauble-babes" and is located in Marion, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.