A traditional naja pendant with a sterling silver base is dotted with precisely cut turquoise needlepoint stones in this incredible piece by Zuni silversmith Edmund Cooeyate. The base of the naja comprises one unadorned sterling silver band, bordered on both inside and outside by sterling silver rope patterns. A row of domed sterling silver bands follows on each side, bordered by another sterling silver rope pattern. The inner curves of the naja are set with three elongated needlepoint pieces in sterling silver bezels, while the outer curves feature thinner, more delicate turquoise needlepoint stones. At the center, the naja is bordered both above and below the curve by a curved row of thin turquoise needlepoint pieces, bordered on the inside by sterling rope patterns, followed by domed sterling bands. A triangular piece of turquoise rests at the center of both top and bottom portions, and all stones along the edges are separated by small, appliqued sterling silver dots. 2 7/8″ long x 3″ wide. Hook bail is located at the top of the back of the piece. Attachments or a pin are also placed at the back of the piece, though no pin is present.