Sterling silver and real Turquoise.
Necklace measures approximately 25-3/8" inside circumference allowing the side links to measure 1/2" long and 1-1/8" wide, while the center piece measures 2-5/8" long and 2-1/8" at widest point. The necklace weighs 94 grams. Hook Dangle earrings measure approximately 1-1/2" long and 1/2" at widest point.
This lovely necklace set is a work of art and has everything you could possibly want from a piece of Native American jewelry! This piece of Native American jewelry is Navajo hand crafted and strung by artist Marie Kirlie, out of genuine sterling silver and real Turquoise stones. The necklace is composed of one Naja (the crescent-shaped large center pendant) and one strand of 9-mm and 13-mm silver eccentric beads that are placed at regular intervals among the round side of the center. The Naja is set with ONE stone, while each side of the necklace has SEVEN stones that are attached to three silver petals which are called squash blossoms. The stones are delicately set in hand cut bezel settings, while being accented by hand cut leaf work for an exquisite finish. The necklace is stamped sterling and halmarked. Entire traditional necklace is flexible "not stiff". The earrings perfectly match the necklace and have a total of TWO stones (ONE in each earring) that complete the set wonderfully. This entire set has a total of FIFTEEN stones.
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 its appeal and beauty.