Sterling Silver, real Turquoise, and man made Opal.
Ring is size 6-3/4, it measures approximately 1/2" long and 1/2" wide.
This is a wonderful piece of Zuni artistry! This piece of Native American jewelry is Zuni hand crafted out of genuine sterling silver, real Turquoise and man made Opal inlay. The inlay is gently set, while thin silver lines can be seen accenting for an extraordinary finish. The ring is 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 its appeal and beauty.
Most people know Opal for its distinctive play of color, it is a semi-transparent solidified mineral composed of silicon and water, and it gets its name from the Latin word "Oplus" meaning precious stone. Opal is the birthstone for October. It is believed to release self-consciousness allowing spontaneous action, and awakens psychic and mystical qualities.