Sterling silver, real Turquoise, Coral, Mother of Pearl, Jet, and Brown Shell.
Necklace measures approximately 30-1/4" inside circumference, allowing the side links to measure approximately 1-1/2" long, and 1-1/2" wide, while the center piece measures approximately 2-1/4" long and 2-1/4" at widest point. Matching hook earrings measure approximately 1-7/8" long and 5/8" at widest point. The necklace weighs approximately 159 grams.
This lovely necklace set will definitely attract plenty of attention! This Native American jewelry set is Zuni hand crafted and strung by artists Bobby and Corraine Shack, out of genuine sterling silver and real multicolor inlay. The inlay consists of: Turquoise, Coral, Mother of Pearl, Jet, and Brown Shell. The inlay is gently set, while creating remarkable Thunderbird designs. The necklace is composed of one center piece and double strands of 7-mm silver eccentric beads that are placed at regular intervals among the round side of the center. The center piece is set with ONE inlaid Thunderbird while each side of the necklace has FOUR inlaid Thunderbirds. Entire traditional necklace is flexible "not stiff". The earrings have a total of TWO Thunderbird wings (ONE in each earring) and perfectly match the necklace for an excellent finish to this set. The necklace and earrings are stamped Sterling, Zuni, and hallmarked 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.