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Sterling silver, man made Turquoise, Malachite and Red Oyster Shell.
Hook dangle earrings measure approximately 1-7/8" long (including hook) and 3/8" at widest point.
Looking at such beauty tells the capabilities of Native American art! This piece of Native American jewelry is Navajo hand crafted by artist Theresa Joe, out of genuine sterling silver and man made multicolor inlay. The inlay consists of: Turquoise, Malachite and Red Oyster Shell. The inlay is delicately set, while imprinted patterns can be seen accenting for a marvelous finish. The earrings are stamped sterling and hallmarked.
Malachite is famous for its radial banding and deep green color. Popular today for use in Southwestern style jewelry, malachite was also popular in the past with the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It was worn as a good luck charm to keep away danger and illness. It is believed to balance and stabilize ones emotions.
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.