Sterling silver and real Turquoise.
Hook dangle earrings measure approximately 3" long (including hook) and 1/2" at widest point.
Excellent craftsmanship is shown throughout this amazing pair of earrings! This piece of Native American jewelry is Navajo overlay hand crafted by artist Thomas (Tommy) and Rose Singer, out of genuine sterling silver and real Turquoise stones. Overlay is a process that utilizes at least two layers of sterling silver. One layer forms the foundation, while the second layer is used to design the individual detailed overlay. This pair of earrings has a total of TWO stones (ONE in each earring) that are delicately placed in hand cut bezel settings, while the second layer forms lovely water wave designs and border patterns for a lovely finish. Hand cut feather designs add style and complete the earrings pefectly. In Native American beliefs, the water waves design represents continuous life. Feathers are symbols of prayers, marks of honor or sources of ideas. They represent the Creative Force. The pair of earrings are stamped .925 (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 its 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.