- Tribe: Navajo
- Condition: New. No damage.
- Size: 30" Hook to Eye; Main Naja 2-3/4" x 2-1/2"; Smaller Najas 2-1/2" x 1-3/8"
- Artisan: Ira Custer
- Materials: Natural Turquoise and Sterling Silver
- Item Weight: 252 Grams / over 8-7/8 Ounces
- Hallmark: Stamped "ITC"
This remarkable Native American handmade sand cast Sterling silver and hand rolled turquoise bead necklace was created by Navajo Dine' artist Ira Custer. The heavy naja contains a stylized dragonfly design. Eight smaller najas stand in place of the more traditional squash blossoms. Dragonflies are powerful totems in Native American tradition. The naja's history stretches back to Roman times and wards off the evil eye. Ira told us that it makes this necklace extra lucky!!! The beautiful green hand rolled turquoise beads, najas, and two globular silver beads are strung on foxtail and terminate in a hand made Sterling hook and eye. Make this superb necklace a great part of your collection of native American jewelry. IRA CUSTER (NAVAJO; 1964 --.) a full-blooded Navajo from was born into the Todich ii nii (Bitter Water) clan for the Naaneesht ezhi (Charcoal Streaked) clan in Manuelito, New Mexico. He learned to silver smith from his parents, Benny and Emily Custer and from his grandparents. Sandcasting has become his specialty. He enjoys working with the traditional patterns of sandcasting handed down from generations of family silversmiths and also creating his own unique designs. An active member of the SWAIA, IACA, American Indian Council and the Inter-Tribal Ceremonials Association, Custer has served as a jewelry judge on various shows. Custer has received many awards and his pieces can be found in many fine galleries and museums across the North and Southwestern United States and Europe. Custer now resides in Defiance, New Mexico near Gallup.