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Sterling silver, real Turquoise, Jet, and Howlite.
Pendant measures approximately 1-3/4" long (including bail) and 1-3/4" at widest point.
This is truly an outstanding pendant that will make a great impression! This pendant is Navajo hand crafted by artist Merle House, out of genuine sterling silver and real Multicolor inlay. The inlay consists of Turquoise, Jet, and Howlite. The inlay is carefully set inside a lovely bear design. In Native American beliefs, the bear symbolizes physical strength, leadership, and is known as the "first helper". The pendant is stamped sterling and is 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.
Howlite is named after its discoverer Henry How. Howlite is known for its great final polish and rich luster. Howlite is often mistaken for "white buffalo" or "white turquoise" due to the similarity of appearance. Howlite is a combination of pure white with black veins; highlighting the beauty and balance of opposites. Howlite has high calcium content for strong healthy bones and teeth. It would make a wonderful gift for a pregnant or nursing mother.