Sterling silver and real Turquoise.
Necklace measures approximately 26-1/8" inside circumference allowing the side links to measure 7/8" long and 1-1/2" wide, while the center piece measures 3" long and 2-5/8" at widest point. The necklace weighs 214 grams. Post earrings measure approximately 1-1/2" long and 3/4" at widest point.
This is a wonderful piece of Navajo artistry! This Native American jewelry set is Navajo overlay hand crafted and strung by artist Alex Sanchez, out of genuine sterling silver and real Turquoise stones. Overlay is a process that utilizes at least two layers of sterling silver. One layer forms the foundation, while the second is used to design the individual detailed overlay. In this necklace set the second layer creates outstanding desigs that include: bear, water wave, dragonfly, turtle, hand, and more! The necklace is composed of one Naja (the crescent-shaped large center pendant) and double strands of 6-mm silver eccentric round beads that are placed at regular intervals among the round side of the center. Each side of the necklace has FOUR links that are each set with ONE stone, while the center piece has TWO stones that are gently set in hand cut bezel settings for a beautiful look. Entire traditional necklace is flexible "not stiff". The earrings are set with TWO stones (ONE in each earring) and perfectly macth the necklace for a phenomenal finish to this set! In Native American beliefs, the bear symbolizes physical strength, leadership, and is known as the "first helper". In Native American beliefs, the water waves design represents continuous life. The entire set has a total of TWELVE stones. The necklace and earrings are stamped sterling and hallmarked by the artist.
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.