Sterling silver, real Turquoise, Coral, Jet, along with White and Yellow Mother of Pearl.
Hook dangle earrings measure approximately 1-3/8" long (including hook) and 3/8" at widest point.
This magnificent and traditional pair of earrings represents the finest of Zuni craftsmanship! This piece of Native American jewelry is Zuni hand crafted by artist Stephen Lonjose out of genuine sterling silver and real multicolor inlay. The inlay consists of: Turquoise, Coral, Jet, along with White and Yellow Mother of Pearl. The inlay is gently set, creating a stunning design of a Parrot for a perfect finish. The earrings are hallmarked.
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.
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.