Vintage Sterling Silver Sandcast Naja Bead Necklace

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Vintage - Sterling Silver
Bead Necklace with Sandcast Naja

HK Item #N344

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Vintage sterling silver Sandcast Naja bead necklace 26 inch

Size
26" end to end
naja 3" x 2 3/8";
11.5 mm beads
Weight
96 grams
Materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
Condition
Hallmarks
none
Artist
unknown

Vintage sterling silver Sandcast Naja bead necklace 26 inch

11.5 mm beads strung on chain.

Vintage sterling silver Sandcast Naja bead necklace 26 inch


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Paula says - "In my opinion, this necklace shows all the design characteristics and workmanship of being Navajo made. But because there is no hallmark that we can attribute to a specific artist we can't legally sell it as Native American made - read more."

Vintage sterling silver Sandcast Naja bead necklace 26 inch

Naja is 2 1/4" wide x 1 3/4" tall.

Vintage sterling silver Sandcast Naja bead necklace 26 inch

Vintage sterling silver Sandcast Naja bead necklace 26 inch

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Vintage sterling silver Sandcast Naja bead necklace 26 inch

Naja - The Naja has its origin with the Moors in Spain. It is a good luck charm to ward off the evil eye. It was often used on the browband of Moorish Horses. It is thought that it came to Mexico via the Spanish Moors and from there was adopted the Indians. The naja is the base pendant of many squash blossom necklaces.

What does Sand Cast mean?

Sand cast items are Indian Hand Made items using a procedure developed by the Navajo silversmiths in the mid 1800s. It is a labor-intensive process that involves many steps.

Using Tuff Stone, a porous rock from volcanic ash, Tufa Stone, a porous limestone that forms near hot springs, or Sandstone, a harder stone, the artist carves the design of the item being cast. Another flat stone is placed against the carved half of the mold. The halves are fastened together and a sprue hole is carved into one end. Molten silver is poured into the mold using the sprue hole. Once the silver cools, the item is taken out and finished. Bracelets are poured flat and then shaped.

Due to the porous nature of Tuff or S, sandcast items will have character marks and imperfections such as small pits. That is the nature of Sand Casting and Indian Hand Made.

NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.
Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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Patina
A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.
Why isn't this item called Native American?

The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many vintage items, even if they are authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.

Read about authenticity of Native American Indian jewelry.


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