These fancy extra-large Native American Sterling silver Naja earrings were made by world famous Navajo artist Darryl Becenti. The earrings are covered with deep stamp-work, fancy repousse work and have scalloped edges.
The earrings measures measure 2-1/2 inch long by 1-1/2 inch wide and weigh only 9 grams. They are light-weight, comfortable to wear and won't drag down your ear-lobes. Big comfort backs.
Brand new in perfect condition. Stamped sterling and has Darryl Becenti's hallmark on one earring. Gift box & Certificate of Authenticity included.
Darryl Becenti was born in 1957 in Gallup. New Mexico. I am sad to report that Darryl passed away recently. He was taught silver work by his brothers-in-law, David & Leroy Reeves in 1980 and he is 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 used 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 gauge 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.