Vintage Sterling Silver
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." "
Cast sterling silver naja is 3 1/2" x 2".
Six sterling silver crosses 1 1/8" x 5/8".
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:
more . . .
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.|
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