Sterling silver, real Turquoise, Mother of Pearl, and man made Fire Opal.
Post stud earrings measure approximately 1/2" long and 5/8" at widest point.
This gorgeous pair of earrings are absolutely distinctive in each and every way! This piece of Native American jewelry was Zuni hand crafted by artist Ken Lasiloo, out of genuine sterling silver and real multicolor inlay. The inlay consists of: Turquoise, Mother of Pearl, and man made Fire Opal. The inlay is carefully set, arranged in an extraordinary Butterfly design. Twisted silver creates the antennas and body to complete the overall beauty of the butterfly.
Most people know Opal for its distinctive play of color, it is a semi-transparent solidified mineral composed of silicon and water, and it gets its name from the Latin word "Oplus" meaning precious stone. Opal is the birthstone for October. It is believed to release self-consciousness allowing spontaneous action, and awakens psychic and mystical qualities.
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.