In the mid-nineties I was driving through Farmington, New Mexico on my way to Shiprock on the Navajo Reservation. I stopped in Farmington to have lunch and, during that otherwise forgettable meal, I made the acquaintance of a Navajo silversmith (whose name I've long since forgotten) who was selling some pendants. He had some sandcast pendants and a couple other pendants and I bought them. Later I realized that they didn't even have jump rings on them and so I had no way to even string them on chains. I put them away and forgot about them. Mind you, this was ten years before Hurricanne Katrina and I was still living in New Orleans at the time and had a little shop on Royal Street (1034 Royal, to be precise). Well, I happened upon these pendants among the collection in early August of 2015 and took them to Erma Arviso and asked her to incorparate them in some strands of Sterling beads mixed with other materials. It took about fifteen years to complete this project, but I think you'll be pleased with the results. This one has Kingman and Mojave turquoise beads as well as red, orange and purple spiny oyster beads mixed with the oxidized Sterling beads.
Cross pendant: 2" x 1 1/4"
Length: 18" + pendant