From an estate collection, and created in the 1950's.
A necklace crafted in silver and turquoise consisting of round silver beads interspersed with beads that look like they are blooming, all leading down to what looks like a crescent moon turned on its side, called the Naja.
“Naja” is the name the Navajo gave the symbol and it was created as a talisman for protection. The squash blossom necklace was worn as a symbol of one’s status, wealth and cultural belonging.
The Naja is also believed to be representative of the womb.
Gemstone-wise, turquoise was, and still is, a very sacred stone in the Southwest as although it originates in places with an arid landscape, it is blue, like water and the sky that brings water.
It measures 15 1/2" from top to bottom, whilst the Naja itself has a 3" diameter.