This Naja necklace is made of coin silver set with vibrant blue turquoise. In the design of the classic Navajo squash blossom necklace, with ten small Najas in place of the squash blossoms. Two-part construction beads and the Najas are strung on a woven silver chain supporting the traditional large central Naja. The piece is finished with silver cones and a hook and eye clasp. Dramatic in size, yet lighter weight than many necklaces of this type. Circa 1960.
The Naja symbol is believed to have originated in the Middle East. The Moors brought the horse shoe shaped jewelry with them into Spain as a ward against the evil eye. The Spanish conquistadors introduced the symbol to the Navajo, who integrated it into the dramatic squash blossom design.
Details.....The necklace is 26" long. The large Naja measures 2.12" by 2.21" and the small Najas are 1.03" by 1.13". It weighs 5.2 ounces. In Excellent Vintage Condition. You should expect some wear on all vintage and antique jewels, we consider it part of their charm.