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Sterling Silver, real Turquoise, and Malachite.
Pendant measures approximately 2" long (including bail) and 1-1/8" at widest point. Necklace measures approximately 21-5/8" long.
Excellent craftsmanship is shown throughout this amazing necklace set! In this Native American jewelry set, the pendant is Navajo hand crafted by artist B. Benally, out of genuine sterling silver and a real Malachite stone. The stone is gently set in a hand cut bezel, while being accented by twisted silver and imprinted designs for a magnificent look. The pendant is stamped sterling and hallmarked. The necklace is hand strung out of genuine sterling silver, real Turquoise and Malachite beads. The necklace consists of: 2-mm and 4-mm silver round beads, 6-mm Malachite round beads, and 6-mm Turquoise rondelle beads. Each end of the necklace is completed with a silver cone and bead for a dazzling finish. The cones are stamped sterling.
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.
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.