This piece is incredibly unique. It's made from vintage watch bands that have been linked together, and a sand cast naja pendant has been added to finalize the piece.
The naja is a crescent-shaped piece that is often worn alone as a pendant or as the center piece of a squash blossom necklace in Southwestern Indian jewelry.
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 symbol originally came to the American Southwest through Spanish conquistadors and their Moorish heritage.
This one of a kind, collector's edition necklace features a wide variety of symbols made from crushed coral and Morenci turquoise chips.
Morenci turquoise is mined in southeastern Arizona. It is high to light blue in color, and is well known. It was one of the first American turquoises to come on the market, and is often difficult to obtain, because the mine is now depleted. This turquoise is now considered a collectible.
Master Navajo artist and silversmith: Mary Parkhurst
18 inches long - 3.5 inch drop