three strand necklace naja pendant crescent cross drop native american Navajo symbol

Three-Strand Necklace with Naja Pendant & Cross Drop

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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 chain of this necklace is made of three strands of beads, with the naja pendant and cross drop in center.