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Sterling Silver, real Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, and 12 karat gold filled.
Pendant measures approximately 3" long (including bail) and 1-3/8" at widest point.
Looking at such beauty tells the capabilities of Native American art! This piece of Native American jewelry is Navajo overlay hand crafted by artist Tommy (Thomas) and Rose Singer, out of genuine sterling silver, 12 karat gold filled, and a real Sleeping Beauty Turquoise stone. Overlay is a process that utilizes at least two layers of sterling silver or gold. One layer forms the foundation, while the second is used to design the individual detailed overlay. In this pendant, the second layer forms gorgeous 12KGF imprinted designs sorrounding ONE Turquoise stone that is delicately set in hand cut bezel for a stunning look. The pendant is stamped sterling and hallmarked by the artist.
12KGF is as good as gold. The color will never fade, change, or wear off. It is 12K gold on top of brass and other metals, which create a gold tone with a finish all the way through. 12KGF behaves the same way as gold.
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.
World famous artist Tommy (Thomas) Singer is one of the best Native American Indian silversmiths around. His name and his work are easily recognized and associated with Navajo Jewelry. Tommy Singer has been mentioned in many books, magazines, and news articles throughout his life. He was born in 1938 in Winslow, Arizona. Tommy belongs to the Tall House Clan of the Navajo Tribe. Tommy was taught by his father and started working with jewelry in the early 1960's.