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Sterling silver and real Sleeping Beauty Turquoise.
Necklace measures approximately 24-1/8" inside circumference, allowing the side links to measure approximately 3/4" long, and 1-3/4" wide, while the center piece measures approximately 2-3/4" long and 2-7/8" at widest point. Matching post dangle earrings measure approximately 1-1/2" long and 3/4" at widest point. The necklace weighs approximately 185 grams.
This gorgeous necklace and earrings set is absolutely distinctive in each and every way! This Native American jewelry set is Navajo hand crafted and strung by artist Mary Ann Spencer, out of genuine sterling silver and real Sleeping Beauty Turquoise 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 EIGHT stones, while each side of the necklace has FIVE stones that are attached to 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 and mini silver beads for a fascinating look. The entire 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 necklace is stamped sterling and hallmarked by artist. This entire set has a total of TWENTY stones.
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.