Sterling silver, real Turquoise, Coral, Mother of Pearl, Lapis, and Malachite.
The inner bracelet circumference measures approximately 5-1/4", plus a 1-1/8" opening, and 1" at widest point.
This bracelet is a Zuni classic! This piece of Native American jewelry is Zuni hand crafted by artist Beverly Etsate, out of genuine sterling silver and real multicolor inlay. The inlay consists of: Turquoise, Coral, Mother of Pearl, Lapis, and Malachite. The Turquoise is hand carved to look like individual pieces of corn, then it is gently placed into a corn shaped silver setting. In the Mother of Pearl, other stones can be seen resembling different colors of corn. Twisted silver, silver beads and hand cut work accent adding style and creativity to the bracelet. The corn is a powerful symbol in many tribes. It is used for prayer of fertility and a good growing season. The bracelet is signed Zuni and 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 their appeal and beauty.
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.