Native American Navajo Sterling Silver Naja Pendant

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Harrison Bitsui - Navajo Sterling Silver
Turquoise Naja Pendant
HK Item #NP461

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Native American  Turquoise Naja Pendant

Size
2 1/4" tall x 2 3/8" wide
Materials
Sterling Silver Read about silver
Turquoise, Read about stones
Weight
31 grams
Hallmarks
HB
Sterling
Artist
Harrison Bitsui, Navajo

Native American  Turquoise Naja Pendant

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Harrison Bitsui - Navajo Sterling Silver
Sand Cast Naja
Turquoise Pendant

NP461 - $280 SOLD

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Native American  Turquoise Naja Pendant

Native American  Turquoise Naja Pendant

Shepherds hook enable you to wear this pendant with a cable, chain, collar or you can hook it onto a bead necklace.

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The 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 was handed down from the Spanish Moors to Mexico and then to the Navajo Indians. The naja is the base of many ornate 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 Sand Stone, sandcast items will have character marks and imperfections such as small pits. That is the nature of Sand Casting and Indian Hand Made.

 

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