THE STORY BEHIND THE JEWELRY
Sterling silver, Turquoise, Red Oyster Shell, and Opal (the matrix in the inlay may vary slightly).
Post dangle earrings measure approximately 1-3/8" long and 5/8" at widest point.
This amazing pair of earrings depicts the beauty and elegance of the great Southwest! The earrings are hand made out of genuine sterling silver, along with real Turquoise, Red Oyster Shell, and man made Opal inlay. The inlay is delicately set while thin silver lines can be seen throughout. Cut through designs can be seen accenting and completing the earrings beautifully. The earrings are 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 their appeal and beauty.
Most people know Opal for its distinctive play of color, it is semi-transparent solidified mineral composed of silicon and water, and it gets its name from the Latin word "Oplus" meaning precious stone. Opal is October's birthstone. It is believed to release self-consciousness allowing spontaneous action, and awakens one's psychic and mystical qualities.