Sterling silver, real Turquoise, Howlite, Jet, Oyster Shell, and man made Opal.
Pendant measures approximately 1-3/4" long (including bail) and 1-3/8" at widest point.
This pendant is a true treasure! This piece of Native American jewelry is Navajo hand crafted, out of genuine sterling silver, along with multicolor cobble inlay. The inlay consists of: real Turquoise, Howlite, Jet Oyster Shell, and man made Opal. The inlay is carefully set, creating a striking bear design for a magnificent finish. In Native American beliefs, the bear symbolizes physical strength, leadership, and is known as the "first helper". The pendant is stamped steling and 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.
Howlite is named after its discoverer Henry How. Howlite is known for its great final polish and rich luster. Howlite is often mistaken for "white buffalo" or "white turquoise" due to the similarity of appearance. Howlite is a combination of pure white with black veins; highlighting the beauty and balance of opposites. Howlite has high calcium content for strong healthy bones and teeth. It would make a wonderful gift for a pregnant or nursing mother.