Sterling Silver, real Turquoise, Coral, Mother of Pearl, and Jet.
Post earrings measure approximately 7/8" long and 5/8" at widest point.
This is a wonderful piece of Zuni artistry! This piece of Native American jewelry is Zuni hand crafted by artist Carol Niiha, out of genuine sterling silver, along with real multicolor inlay. The inlay consisits of: Turquoise, Coral, Mother of Pearl, and Jet. The inlay is carefully set, creating a lovely tear drop shape. Hand crafted silverwork highlights the earrings for a marvelous finish. The earrings are hallmarked.
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.