These fabulous Native American Sterling silver Naja earrings were made by world famous Navajo artist Darryl Becenti. The earrings are covered with deep stamp-work and fancy repousse work and have scalloped edges. Each pair is entirely handmade so there are slight variations on each. You will receive the pair shown here. This pair has three repousse hearts near the top of each earring.
The earrings measures measure 1-5/8 inch long by 1 inch wide and weigh 4 grams each. They are light-weight, comfortable to wear and won't drag down your ear-lobes. Plus they have big comfort backs.
Brand new in perfect condition. Stamped sterling and has Darryl Becenti's hallmark. Gift box & Certificate of Authenticity included.
I am sad to report that Darryl Becenti passed away recently. Darryl Becenti was born in 1957 in Gallup. New Mexico and raised in Mexican Springs. He was taught silver work by his brothers-in-law, David & Leroy Reeves in 1980 and he was the brother-in-law to the famous Sunshine Reeves, Gary Reeves, David Reeves, Andy Cadman, and Darrell Cadman Clan. Darrell made his own stamps and dyes, and heavily employs magnificent stars, fans, scallops, shells, and elaborate appliques in all of his jewelry. His jewelry is highly prized for it's deep hand-stamped Navajo designs, repousse silver work, and thick gauges of silver.
The crescent shaped naja is one of the most familiar forms in Navajo indian jewelry. It clearly comes from outside the Navajo culture. It is thought to have originated in the Old World as a Spanish horse gear - a third eye placed on the animals forehead to ward off evil. It is often used as a focus piece in " squash blossoms " are actually pomegranate blossoms that were worn as trouser decorations by Spanish Colonial gentleman.