Sterling silver, man made Coral, along with real and man made Turquoise.
Necklace measures approximately 18" long.
Looking at such beauty tells the capabilities of Southwestern art! This piece of Southwest style jewelry is hand strung out of genuine sterling silver along with real and man made Coral and Turquoise beads. The necklace consists of: 2-mm silver round beads, 2-mm mand made Coral heishi beads, 2-mm man made Turquoise heishi beads, and a 21-mm real Turquoise teardrop center piece. Each end of the necklace is finished off with a silver bead and cone for a lovely look. The cones are stamped sterling.
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.