Sterling silver, real Turquoise, Coral, Jet, Brown Shell, and Mother of Pearl.
Necklace measures approximately 19-7/8" inside circumference, allowing each side link to measure approximately 1-3/8" long (excluding side rings) and 1-3/8" wide, while the center link measures approximately 2" long (excluding side rings) and 2" at widest point. Post earrings measure approximately 3/4" long and 3/4" at widest point.
This gorgeous necklace set is absolutely distinctive in each and every way! This jewelry set is Zuni hand crafted by artist Pauline Lonjose, out of genuine sterling silver, along with real Multicolor Inlay. The inlay consists of: Turquoise, Coral, Jet, Brown Shell, and Mother of Pearl. The necklace has a total of THREE links, each link has inlay that is delicately set creating a gorgeous Sun design while thin silver lines and mini silver beads create a stunning finish. The necklace is signed Zuni and by the artist. The earrings perfectly match the necklace and have inlay that is carefully set creating lovely Sun designs for a perfect finish. In Native American beliefs, the sun is the provider of life, warmth, growth, and all that is good.
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.
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.