Sterling silver and real Fox Turquoise.
Necklace measures approximately 28-1/4" inside circumference, allowing the side links to measure approximately 5/8" long, and 1-1/2" wide, while the center piece measures approximately 3" long and 2-7/8" at widest point. Matching hook dangle earrings measure approximately 2-3/4" long and 5/8" at widest point. The necklace weighs approximately 146 grams.
This necklace set is a true treasure! This Native American jewelry set is Navajo hand crafted and strung, out of genuine sterling silver and real Fox Turquoise 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 FIFTEEN stones, while each side of the necklace has TWELVE stones that are attached to silver petals which are called squash blossoms. All of the stones are gently set in hand cut bezel settings, while being accented by twisted silver, mini silver beads, and mini stamped beads for a fascinating look. The entire necklace is flexible "not stiff". The earrings have a total of EIGHT stones (FOUR in each earring) and perfectly match the necklace for a marvelous finish to this set. The necklace is stamped sterling and hallmarked. This entire set has a total of FORTY SEVEN 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.