We are used to seeing najas anchoring squash blossom necklaces, where they were almost exclusively found, in years past.
However, najas are beautiful pendants on their own, and many younger jewelers are creating them as a solo piece.
Here is a really splendid one by Wyatt Lee-Anderson, the oldest son of famed jeweler Allison Lee (Snow Hawk), who has created marvelous jewelry since the age of 12.
It is beautifully finished to shimmer brightly, but there are just a few, barely visible grains that suggest it was sand or tufa cast.
The silver feels like satin, and with beautiful proportions, it is an elegant, graceful collection of curves.
Dangling in the center is a lovely, oval, natural turquoise that looks like a watercolor painting.
Teal green areas and warm tan matrix seem to float over, and in, the pale aqua background.
The oval shape reinforces the lightly oval form of the naja, itself, as well as the elongated oval of the silver bail.
With an opening of just about 3/8″ wide, the bail can slip over small beads, as well as heishi, a silver collar, or whatever you choose to hang it from.
A brilliant, early piece by an artist from a noted family, this naja is one you don’t want to miss!