Sterling silver and real Turquoise.
Necklace measures approximately 26-3/4" inside circumference, allowing the side links to measure approximately 3/4" long, and 7/8" wide, while the center piece measures approximately 1-7/8" long and 1-3/4" at widest point. Matching hook dangle earrings measure approximately 1-5/8" long (Including hook) and 3/4" at widest point. The necklace weighs 66 grams.
This is a very gorgeous necklace set that would make a great gift! This Native American jewelry set is Zuni hand crafted and strung by artist Lorna Mahkee, out of genuine sterling silver and real Turquoise needlepoint stones. The necklace is composed of one Naja (the crescent-shaped large center pendant) and double strands of 6-mm silver round beads that are placed at regular intervals among the round side of the center. The Naja is set with of FORTY FIVE stones, while each side of the necklace has a total of SEVENTY EIGHT stones that are attached to THREE silver petals which are called squash blossoms. All of the stones are delicately set, while being accented by twisted silver and mini silver beads for a stunning look. Entire traditional necklace is flexible "not stiff". The necklace is signed Zuni and by the artist. The earrings have a total of SIXTEEN stones (EIGHT in each earring) and perfectly match the necklace for a beautiful finish to this set! The entire set has a grand total of TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN needlepoint stones.
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.