Sterling Silver and real Turquoise.
Pendant measures approximately 4" long (including bail) and 1-3/8" at widest point.
This is a very exquisite pendant that must not be overlooked! This piece of Native American jewelry is Navajo overlay hand crafted by artist Alex Sanchez, out of genuine sterling silver and a real Turquoise stone. 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 pendant, the second layer creates water wave, dragonfly, and squash blossom designs. The stone is delicately set in a hand cut bezel setting, while a cut through sun face design and stamped silver beads highlight for an excellent finish. In Native American beliefs, the water waves design represents continuous life. The Sunface represents warmth, shelter for the old, a bright future, and playfulness for the young. The pendant is 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.