Sterling Silver, real Turquoise, Coral, Jet, and Mother of Pearl.
Pendant measures approximately 1-5/8" long (including bail) and 7/8" at widest point.
There is nothing at all average about this beautiful pendant! This piece of Native American jewelry is Zuni hand crafted by artist Clareance Booqua, out of genuine sterling silver, along with real multicolor inlay. The inlay consists of: Turquoise, Coral, Jet, and Mother of Pearl. The inlay is carefully set, creating a traditional Sun design and a tear drop shape. In Native American beliefs, the sun is the provider of life, warmth, growth, and all that is good. The pendant 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.