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Sterling Silver
Vintage Bead and Naja Necklace
HK Item #N478

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Vintage sterling silver  Bead necklace with Naja and turquoise drop

Size
19 1/2" end to end;
2 1/8" x 2 1/8" naja;
11 mm beads strung on double wire
Weight
83 grams
Materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
turquoise, Read about stones
Condition
vintage, pre-owned, excellent; dark patina; stone firmly set in smooth bezel
Hallmarks
none
Artist
unknown

Vintage sterling silver  Bead necklace with Naja and turquoise drop

11 mm beads strung on double wire.

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Sterling Silver
Vintage Bead and Naja Necklace

N478 - $350 plus s/h
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Paula says - "The beads of this vintage necklace appear to me to be hand made. The necklace and naja show all the design characteristics and workmanship of being Native American made. But because there is no hallmark that we can attribute to a specific artist we can't legally sell this item as Native American made - read more." "

Vintage sterling silver  Bead necklace with Naja and turquoise drop

Vintage sterling silver  Bead necklace with Naja and turquoise drop

Sand cast naja 2 1/8" x 2 1/8".

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Vintage sterling silver  Bead necklace with Naja and turquoise drop

19 1/2 inches end to end.

Vintage sterling silver  Bead necklace with Naja and turquoise drop

What is a Naja?

The horseshoe shaped naja originated 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 by the Navajo Indians. The naja is the base pendant of many ornate squash blossom necklaces: read more . . .

What does Sand Cast mean?

Tufa cast, or sand cast, items are Indian Hand Made items using a procedure developed by the Navajo si8lversmiths 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. Read more . . .

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.

Our Rescue Mission
of
Native American Indian Jewelry and Artifacts

Native American Jewelry blog tips and informationWe are in the vintage Native American jewelry rescue business and are passionate about finding new homes for used and vintage jewelry and artifacts. That's why we purchase Native American pieces from estates, inheritances, collection downsizing and New Old Stock (NOS) inventory from closed stores.

Often people contact us after taking a box of Native American jewelry to their local pawn shop and find that a pawn shop is mainly interested in melt value of the metals and not in preserving the beautiful historic pieces. To hear that people have considered selling these treasures for melt value makes us truly sad.

Melt value is usually far below what we would offer for the jewelry. Yet we can't pay retail price for items because of the time and cost involved in finding new homes for them. We have to research, often repair and restore the jewelry, photograph and list each item on our website, and sometimes hold pieces in inventory for years until the right buyer comes along.

We hope you'll find something special in our vintage shop that will complete yet another circle of our jewelry re-homing mission.

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