Sterling silver and real Malachite.
Post earrings measure approximately 1/2" long and 3/8" wide.
This is a wonderful piece of Navajo artistry! This piece of Native American jewelry is Navajo hand crafted by artist Begay, out of genuine sterling silver and real Malachite stones. This pair of earrings has a total of TWO stones (ONE in each earring) that are gently placed in a hand cut bezel setting, while hand crafted silver work creates an adorable turtle design for a stunning finish. In Native American beliefs, the turtle represents strength, female power, and fertility. The turtle is also considered to be able to defy death.
Malachite is famous for its radial banding and deep green color. Popular today for use in Southwestern style jewelry, malachite was also popular in the past with the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It was worn as a good luck charm to keep away danger and illness. It is believed to balance and stabilize ones emotions.