We first bought such necklaces from Eugene Hale in 2007 and he continued to supply them to us through the spring of 2011; then we lost contact with him. Now he is teaching his son, Chris Hale, to smith silver. Made just as his father made these necklaces, Chris is even using his father's hallmark at this time.
For the last couple of years, Chris has mostly been making naja necklaces on shorter strands of beads. This necklace is full-length and incorporates beautifully handmade, stamped squash blossoms up the sides of the necklace. The sandcast naja pendant is set with a soft-cornered triangle of Kingman turquoise and, of course, all the Sterling beads are handmade. Simple, well-made and very traditional and not too heavy.
Hallmarked E. HALE and stamped Sterling on the back of the naja pendant. The hallmark stamp is Eugene Hale's, though the necklace is made by his son Chris.
Stone: 11/16" x 9/16"
Naja: 2" across; 2 5/8" from top of bale to opening at bottom
Handmade Beads: (74 count) 3/8" running length; 7/16" diameter
Length of bead necklace (excluding naja): 28"
Strung on braided steel chain