Calvin Martinez is consistently one of our favorite silversmiths and excels in every one of his smithing endeavors. His designs are particularly compelling, melding the tenets of Navajo Traditional Revival jewelry with his unique capacity to hybridize the traditional.
This Naja pendant is formed with a heavy-gauge piece of hammered ingot triangle wire that flattens towards the opening of the horseshoe shape where it's decorated with a series of round graduated appliquées . A free-swinging teardrop of natural, untreated Turquoise Mountain turquoise hangs in the center of the pendant. The large bale on this will accommodate Erma Arviso's antiqued Sterling beads up to 10 mm. diameter. Wonderful, heavy traditional work!
Hallmarked C.MTZ inside an arrowhead and stamped Navajo and Sterling on back.
Stone: 1" x 11/16"
Dimensions of pendant (excluding bale & jump ring): 2 1/4" x 1 3/4"
Total hang: 3 1/4"