Handcrafted by Sheila Becenti, exclusively for our store, this inverted crescent shaped pendant is called Naja by the Navajo Native American Indians. It was created with sterling silver and a Dry Creek Turquoise stone in the center. Add your own chain or beaded necklace for a unique, Southwestern style that you are going to love! This one of a kind pendant is unparalleled with other Naja pendants.
The Naja symbol is held in very high esteem by the Navajos as well as other Native peoples. It is often found on squash blossom necklaces. The Naja was used in traditional Navajo jewelry as protection against evil, as decoration, and a sign of wealth & power.
Dry Creek Turquoise is pale, whitish-blue in color with caramel matrix. This pale color results when there is the lack of heavy metals during formation, which is a rare occurrence. The Dry Creek Mine in Lander County, Nevada, has been closed as the result of a family dispute after the death of the owner many years ago. Since the mined closed, Dry Creek Turquoise is scarce and highly sought after because no other mine in the world has been found or Dry Creek Turquoise, making it very valuable.