Sterling silver, Turquoise, Coral, Lapis, Sugilite, and Howlite.
Necklace measures approximately 26" inside circumference, allowing each side link to measure approximately 1-3/8" long, and 3/4" wide, while the center piece measures approximately 2-3/8" long and 2-1/4" at widest point, and weighs 137 grams. Matching hook dangle earrings measure approximately 1-1/2" long (including hook) and 5/8" at widest point.
This magnificent and traditional necklace set represents the finest of Navajo craftsmanship! This Native American jewelry set is Navajo hand crafted and strung, by artist Elton James out of genuine sterling silver, along with Turquoise, Coral, Lapis, Sugilite, and Howlite stones. The set is reversible it can be worn on either side, one side being all Turquoise and the other side being Multicolor (it's like having two sets in one!). The necklace is composed of one Naja (the crescent-shaped large center pendant) and double strands of 8-mm silver eccentric beads placed at regular intervals among the round side of the center. In between the eccentric beads, the side links are attached to three petals which are called squash blossoms. In this set, there is a total of THREE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-TWO stones (ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-SIX on each side), that are carefully set in hand cut bezel, while being accented with twisted silver and mini silver beads for a gorgeous look. Entire traditional necklace is flexible "not stiff". The necklace is stamped sterling. The reversible earrings match the necklace perfectly and have a total of FORTY FOUR stones (TWENTY-TWO in each earring and ELEVEN on each side) that are delicately placed in hand cut bezel, for an extraordinary finish to this set!
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.
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.