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A beautiful work of art by Navajo artisan Erma Arviso ... Erma was born in 1960 in Canoncito, New Mexico. Her mother, Jolene Shorty, taught Erma to silversmith in 1989.

A sterling silver Naja pin/pendant ... the highlight: 8 genuine turquoise cabochons in varying shades of blue and green, all with gorgeous color and natural matrix ... sawtooth bezel set ... hand-made sterling balls and twisted rope create the perfect frame ... oxidized to perfection, really shows off the detail ... weighs in at 6.4 grams ... measures 1-9/16" long x 1-1/16" wide ... nice size bale on the back for chain or cord ... hinge, pin and locking clasp in perfect working order ... reverse signed Sterling and maker's initials EA ... in excellent vintage condition.

The Naja has its origin with the Moors in Spain. It is a good luck charm to ward off the evil eye. It was often used on the browband of Moorish Horses. It is thought that it was handed down from the Spanish Moors to Mexico and then to the Navajo Indians. Turquoise helps to ground the spirit while keeping its connection to the infinite open. Turquoise allows the energy path to remain clear. In fact, many First Nation people hold the belief that by wearing turquoise the human mind becomes one with the universe.

FYI -- I also have matching earrings available in my shop (see last picture) ... this listing, however, is for the pendant only.

Stock No. 71413M123881

Reserved for Diane -- Vintage NAVAJO Signed Erma Arviso Turquoise NAJA Pin/Pendant in Sterling Silver


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  • Materials: sterling silver, turquoise
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