Sterling Silver, real Turquoise, Coral, Jet, along with White and Yellow Mother of Pearl.
Each link measures approximately 1-5/8" long and 1-5/8" wide. Total belt length measures approximately 43" long and 1-5/8" at it's widest point. The belt weighs 222 grams.
Looking at such beauty tells the capabilities of Native American art! This piece of Native American jewelry is Zuni hand crafted by artist Abel Soseeah, 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 carefully set, while creating adorable Sun designs. A total of SIXTEEN inlaid Suns make up the belt for an incredible finish. In Native American beliefs, the sun is the provider of life, warmth, growth, and all that is good. This piece is absolutely stunning and is among the finest jewelry we have ever had! The belt is signed 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.
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.