THE STORY BEHIND THE JEWELRY
Sterling silver, Turquoise, Lapis Opal, Red and Orange Oyster Shell.
Necklace measures approximately 20-1/8" inside circumference, allowing the smallest links to measure approximately 1-1/4" long (excluding side rings) 1/2" wide and the larger links to measure approximately 1-3/4" long and 1-3/4" at widest point. The necklace weighs 99 grams.
This necklace is a marvelous work of art that has everything you could possibly want in a piece of Southwestern jewelry! The necklace is hand made out of genuine sterling silver real Red Oyster Shells and multicolor inlay. The inlay consists of: real Turquoise, Lapis, Red and Orange Oyster Shell, along with man made Opal. The necklace has a total of ELEVEN links. Each link has inlay that is delicately set, while being accented with twisted silver. THREE of the links can be seen creating stunning Butterfly designs for a gorgeous look. A total of SIX Oyster Shells can be seen accenting the Butterfly links to create the eyes. The necklace is completed with a hand made box clasp that is highlighted with a inlay and twisted silver. The necklace is stamped sterling and hallmarked.
Turquoise is the birthstone of December. It is believed that turquoise tends to bring good fortune, strength and helps overcome illness. Turquoise got its name from the Levantine traders called Turks who brought the stone to Europe from Persia via Turkey centuries ago. Native Americans have prized turquoise since the time of the Aztecs, who mined it in New Mexico. The natural variations that occur in turquoise are part of their appeal and beauty.
Most people know Opal for its distinctive play of color, it is semi-transparent solidified mineral composed of silicon and water, and it gets its name from the Latin word "Oplus" meaning precious stone. Opal is October's birthstone. It is believed to release self-consciousness allowing spontaneous action, and awakens one's psychic and mystical qualities.