Sterling Silver and real Turquoise.
Pendant measures approximately 2-5/8" long (including bail) and 1-1/4" at widest point.
There is nothing at all average about this beautiful pendant! This piece of Native American jewelry is Navajo overlay hand crafted by artist Tommy (Thomas) and Rose Singer, 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 forms stunning stamped patterns surrounding ONE Turquoise stone that is delicately set in a hand cut bezel for a marvelous look. 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 their appeal and beauty.
World famous artist Tommy (Thomas) Singer is one of the best Native American Indian silversmiths around. His name and his work are easily recognized and associated with Navajo Jewelry. Tommy Singer has been mentioned in many books, magazines, and news articles throughout his life. He was born in 1938 in Winslow, Arizona. Tommy belongs to the Tall House Clan of the Navajo Tribe. Tommy was taught by his father and started working with jewelry in the early 1960's.