This beautiful handcrafted sterling silver naja pendant was created by Alvin Monte, a celebrated Navajo silversmith who is known for creating his own one-of-a-kind stamping tools to create his unique pieces. At the center, sits a lovely piece of turquoise a celebrated stone of the Southwest. With a hidden bail this pendant can be added to a necklace for a unique look.
The naja is the central inverted crescent found at the center of a squash blossom necklace. Originally an ornament that the Spanish used on horse bridles and may have originally come from Moorish designs, it now is a featured element of the squash blossom necklace, an icon of Native American and Southwestern jewelry and one of the most recognized types of jewelry in the world.
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At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.