THE STORY BEHIND THE JEWELRY
Sterling silver, Turquoise, Red Oyster Shell, Lapis, and Opal.
Pendant measures approximately 1-5/8" long (including bail) and 1-1/8" at widest point.
There is nothing at all average about this beautiful pendant! The inlay consist of real Turquoise, Red Oyster Shell, Lapis, and man made Opal. The inlay is carefully set, while placed on top of a stunning Butterfly design. Stamped patterns, cut through patterns, and a silver bead accent and complete the pendant perfectly. The pendant 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.