THE STORY BEHIND THE JEWELRY
Sterling silver, Turquoise, Magenta Turquoise, Opal, and Black Inlay.
Pendant measures approximately 2-1/8" long (including bail) and 1" at widest point.
What a beautiful pendant! The pendant is hand made out of genuine sterling silver and multicolor inlay. Real Turquoise, Magenta Turquoise, and Black Inlay, along with man made Opal are carefully set, while placed at the center of a lovely turtle design. Thin silver lines can be seen in between the inlay for a lovely look. In some beliefs, the turtle represents strength, female power and fertility. The turtle is also considered to be able to defy death. 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.