Vintage Sterling Silver Turquoise Navajo Naja Pendant Necklace 24" Length 58.7 grams

$398.12 $442.36

Vintage Old Pawn, Navajo sterling silver Naja pendant necklace.

The Naja is a heavy sand cast piece, with 1 cabochon set centre top.

The handmade silver beads are strung on a metal wire that fastens with a traditional hook-and-eye clasp.

Beautiful patina to the piece, sympathetically cleaned to retain characteristics of it's age.

The Sandcast Jewellery Method: Sandcast Native American is a style of Navajo jewelry was first created by silversmiths sometime between 1840 and 1860. The basis of this process is a mold made by carving the desired design into a stone. Using this mold, a piece of jewelry is made (belt buckle, bracelet, ring, etc.) and becomes the "master sample" from which the subsequent sandcast pieces are made. Sandcasting evolved from casting using sandstone or tufa stone, a relatively soft stone created from compacted volcanic ash. Sandstone held up better, but the tufa was easier to carve. Sandcasting is a labor intensive, hand process not to be mistaken with centrifugal and vacuum casting processes. Artisans using this method estimate that it takes approximately three days from start to finish to make a medium sized bracelet.

Weight: 57.6 grams

Length: 24" approx

Naja: 2.1" x 1.9"

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