Sterling silver, real Turquoise, Coral, Jet, Pink Shell, Abalone Shell, along with White and Yellow Mother of Pearl.
Post dangle earrings measure approximately 2" long and 7/8" wide.
This gorgeous pair of earrings is absolutely distinctive in each and every way! This piece of Native American jewelry is Zuni hand crafted by artist S.C. Edaakie, out of genuine sterling silver and real multicolor inlay. The inlay consists of: Turquoise, Coral, Jet, Pink Shell, Abalone Shell, along with White and Yellow Mother of Pearl. The inlay is delicately set, creating incredible Parrot and flower designs for an outstanding finish. Parrots are connected with both the sun and the coming of the rains. Parrots were considered carriers of these specific prayers and would confer blessings. Kept for their feathers and color by many Pueblo people (secured through trade with people to the far South), they were considered a very expensive possession thereby denoting prosperity. The earrings are 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 its 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.