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“Moonlight Rain” Necklace. $1,025. SOLD.

Moonlight Rain Naja Necklace

Wings’s newest work is a piece of layered complexity, in terms both material and metaphorical. With a nod to our indigenous cousins to the west, the Diné silversmiths and their famed naja necklaces, he honors the water that is life in the desert and the being that is light in the darkness in the form of the Water Serpent and Grandmother Moon. The pendant assumes the general shape of the famed Navajo curve by way of solid sterling silver triangle wire, hand-shaped and -hammered and -stamped on both angled sides with a chased pattern of crescent moons, scales upon the body of the Water Serpent. At either end, the wire is flattened, widened to hold a matching pair of raindrops in the form of round Sleeping Beauty Skystones. The curved pendant, slightly past a crescent but not quite a hoop, is accented by its own but of moondust, a rainbow moonstone cabochon set just off center, and hangs suspended from a bezel-set oval cabochon of old Number Eight turquoise, pale sky blue with lit with a delicate matrix of gold-colored light. The bezel is soldered to a wide solid bail set with its own chased pattern of round orbs, edged on either side by a flowing water pattern. The pendant is strung on a strand of old heishi-style beads, segments of bright blue Arizona turquoise alternated with length of white shell. Together, it combines the colors of water and light into the greatest gift of life in spring, the moonlight rain. The pendant, including bail, hangs 2.25″ long by 1-5/8″ across at the widest point; the larger cabochon is 5/8″ across by 3/8″ high; the smaller stones are each 3/16″ across; and the beads hang 20.5″ in overall length (dimensions approximate). Close-up view of pendant shown below.

Sterling silver; Number Eight turquoise; Sleeping Beauty turquoise; rainbow moonstone; white shell
$1,025 + shipping, handling, and insurance


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