Trade Roots Collection
Turquoise & Coral Strand Necklace with Naja
From the Trade Roots Collection in Santa Fe, NM. Features turquoise beads with coral beads, sterling silver clasps, and naja pendant.
The naja is a crescent-shaped piece that is often worn alone as a pendant or as the center piece of a squash blossom Southwestern Indian jewelry. The naja design shape is thought to have originated from the Moorish and then borrowed from the Spanish that was used as an ornamental design on horse bridle headstalls and as silver decorations on men’s pants.
The word “naja” is the Navajo word for “crescent”. Navajo Indian silversmiths began incorporating the naja design into their jewelry. The Navajo were the main Indian tribe that made the najas, but they were also made by some Pueblo tribes as well.
20" long, 11" drop with naja