Sterling silver, real Turquoise, Coral, Jet, and Pink Shell.
Hook dangle earrings measure approximately 1-1/2" long (including hook) and 1" at widest point.
This is a wonderful piece of Zuni artistry! This piece of Native American jewelry is Zuni hand crafted by artist Justin Dishta out of genuine sterling silver, along with real multicolor inlay. The inlay consists of: Turquoise, Coral, Jet, and Pink Shell. The inlay is gently set, creating a gorgeous design of a Butterfly for a fabulous finish, while being accented by mini silver beads for a gorgeous look. The earrings are stamped Zuni, Sterling, and are hallmarked by the artist.
Corals are known to be very soothing and very protective. Coral is of an organic origin; it is the skeletal remains of marine animals called Coral Polyps. Colonies of these tiny creatures build branching structures as they grow, gradually forming reefs and atolls.
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.