This really big, hefty Naja pendant was created by Navajo artist Derrick Gordon at Running Bear.
It has 3 sky blue turquoise stones, each set in a fine sawtooth bezel. The stones are
surrounded by fine and thick twisted silver wire. There's deep stamp work on the large rigid bail.
It's marked 925 and signed RB inside a bear.
It measures 3 1/2" tall by 2 1/8" at it's widest point.
Weight: 46.6 grams on my scale
I placed a quarter there for scale.
Sure to make a Fine addition to any collection, or a great gift!
The "naja" and the squash blossom bead was introduced to the Navajo by the Spanish and later adopted by the Zuni. The crescent shaped Naja is similar to the pendants that hung from the headstalls of the Spanish silver bridles in the late 1500s and early 1600s.
Please note: Pictures are enlarged to show detail, remember everything looks bigger on line :)