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Sterling silver and real Malachite.
Necklace measures approximately 23-1/2" inside circumference, allowing the side links to measure approximately 1/2" long, and 1-3/8" wide, while the center piece measures approximately 2-1/4" long and 2-1/2" at widest point. Matching hook dangle earrings measure approximately 1-7/8" long (Including hook) and 1/2" at widest point. The necklace weighs approximately 117 grams.
The beautiful features in this squash blossom necklace set will make you appreciate Native American art! This Native American jewelry set is Navajo hand crafted and strung by artist C. Jones, out of genuine sterling silver and real Malachite stones. The necklace is composed of one Naja (the crescent-shaped large center pendant) and double strands of 6-mm silver round beads that are placed at regular intervals among the round side of the center. The Naja is set with FIVE stones, while each side of the necklace has FIVE stones that are attached to THREE silver petals which are called squash blossoms. All of the stones are gently set in hand cut bezel settings, while being accented by twisted silver for a fascinating look. Entire traditional necklace is flexible "not stiff". The earrings have a total of TWO stones (ONE in each earring) and perfectly match the necklace for a lovely finish to this set. The earrings are stamped sterling and hallmarked. This entire set has a total of SEVENTEEN stones.
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.