Sterling Silver and real Turquoise.
Pendant measures approximately 3-1/4" long (including bail) and 1-1/4" at widest point.
This is a very gorgeous pendant that would make a great gift! This piece of Native American jewelry is Navajo hand crafted by artist Janice Begay, out of genuine sterling silver and a real Turquoise stone. The stone is delicately placed in a hand cut bezel setting, while hand crafted silver work creates gorgeous silver bear, flower, leaf, and feather designs. A cut through Kokopelli and Arrow design, along with imprinted patterns and silver beads complete the pendant for a breathtaking finish. In Native American beliefs, the bear symbolizes physical strength, leadership, and is known as the "first helper". Feathers are symbols of prayers, marks of honor or sources of ideas. They represent the Creative Force. 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 its appeal and beauty.