Here is a great vintage necklace made of lush sterling silver. This is a feminine piece that has great wearability and not too over the top.
It features the kind of stylized pendant often seen on Native American "squash blossom" necklaces. The crescent-shaped pendant, or "naja", has roots deep in Spanish culture.
The pendant replicates the shape of what Native Americans would have seen on Conquistador's horse bridles in the 16th and 17th centuries. Captured or traded, the emblems were soon acquired by the locals and worn during ceremonies.
Since these ceremonies were typically to honor the planting season, the "naja" came to symbolize crop fertility.
This naja is bold and big, exhibiting a very masculine appeal. It bears one hallmark on the back which reads "Sterling Mexico".
The pendant hangs from a substantial vintage chain; it features an extender chain so that the length can be adjusted according to the wearer's preference.
Both chain and pendant exhibit a luscious dark patina, which we would never dream of polishing. So much of the collectability and beauty in a vintage sterling piece like this is in its original patina.
Of course, it will polish to a beautiful high shine, if that is your preference.
Overall, the necklace is in great condition.
Measurements: Pendant: 1 ¼" tall, 1 1/8" wide, 4mm thick Chain: 14 ½"-17" long, 3mm wide Weight: 10.8 grams (0.38 oz)
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