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Sterling Silver
Vintage Bead, Crosses and Naja Necklace
HK Item #N483

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Vintage sterling silver  hand made bead necklace with cast Naja and crosses

27" end to end;
3 1/2"" x 2" cast naja;
6 crosses 1 1/8" x 5/8";
9.5 to 10.5 mm beads strung on foxtail
142 grams
sterling silver, Read about silver
vintage, pre-owned, excellent; medium patina

Vintage sterling silver  hand made bead necklace with cast Naja and crosses

Vintage sterling silver  hand made bead necklace with cast Naja and crosses

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Vintage Sterling Silver
Bead, Crosses and Naja Necklace

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Paula says - "The beads of this vintage necklace have very smooth seams and are noticeably heavier than most beads being made today. And because they are handmade they vary somewhat in size.

"This 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  hand made bead necklace with cast Naja and crosses

Vintage sterling silver  hand made bead necklace with cast Naja and crosses

Cast sterling silver naja is 3 1/2" x 2".

Vintage sterling silver  hand made bead necklace with cast Naja and crosses

Six sterling silver crosses 1 1/8" x 5/8".

We leave the natural patina on our vintage jewelry because many of our customers like the old "vintage" appearance.

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Vintage sterling silver  hand made bead necklace with cast Naja and crosses

27 inches end to end. 9.5 to 10.5 mm beads strung on foxtail.

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 . . .

What is Foxtail?

Foxtail chain is a fine, strong chain made with two rows of oval links arranged at 45° to one another and connected by small flat links running down the chain’s centre. This creates a braided or woven effect with a directional grain and a fullness which gives the appearance of the hairs on a fox’s tail. Foxtail withstands the constant friction of beads moving around without fraying, breaking or stretching out of shape and is often used for stringing large or heavy beads that could cut or damage cord or string.

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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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.
30 years or older.
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
An item that has been used.

Our Rescue Mission
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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