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.
This is a single strand necklace and, at nineteen inches (plus pendant hang), is choker length. The shorter length prevents "swing" on this necklace. This necklace will hug you. This is a simple, hard-to-find classic. The naja is set with a teardrop-shaped stone of natural, untreated Afghani lapis lazuli.
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: 1 1/16" x 11/16"
Naja: 2 5/8" across; 3" from top of bale to opening at bottom
Handmade Beads: (32 count) 1/2" running length; 5/8" diameter
Length of bead necklace (excluding naja): 19"
Strung on braided steel chain (foxtail)