This shining sterling silver naja was made by Navajo jeweler, Francine Begay. It has a lovely design at the top that reminds us of a plant. She stamped designs near the top. It has a shepherd's hook on the back that can slip over beads or worn with a chain (does not come with chain in photo). Stamped "L.Begay" and "Sterling" on the back.
Size: 2.125" H x 1.5" W
Najas are a prominent symbol in Navajo jewelry and are always the center piece in squash blossom necklaces. I was told they are a feminine symbol, and their crescent shape represents the arms of a matriarch and the generations of the past and future. It symbolizes ease of movement, paths of least resistance for the family, even during challenging times. There is a sense of open arms in the shape of the naja that is soothing. Some najas have hands on each end.