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Sterling silver, real Turquoise, Red and Purple Oyster Shell, Magenta Turquoise, Yellow Mother Of Pearl, Howlite, and Black Jade.
Pendant measures approximately 2-1/2" long (including bail) and 2-3/4" at widest point. The necklace measures approximately 22" long. The set weighs 79 grams.
Excellent craftsmanship is shown throughout this amazing pendant and necklace set! The pendant is hand crafted out of genuine sterling silver and real multicolor inlay. The inlay consist of: real Turquoise, Red Oyster Shell, Yellow Mother Of Pearl, Magenta Turquoise, Black Jade, and White inlay that is gently set, while creating a magnificent buffalo design. The Buffalo is one of the most important animals to the people of the Plains and it is a great symbol to most Native Americans. The Plains Indians had developed life around the buffalo using it in many different ways. It was used for food, tools, shelter, warmth, and weaponry. To some, the Buffalo represents strength, stability, and prosperity. The pendant is stamped sterling and hallmarked. The necklace is hand strung out of genuine sterling silver and real multicolor beads. The necklace consists of: 8-mm Turquoise rondelle beads, 8-mm Howlite round beads, 8-mm Purple Oyster Shell rondelle beads, 6-mm Red Oyster Shell rondelle beads, and 7-mm silver round beads. Each end of the necklace is completed with a silver cone and bead for a beautiful look. The cones are stamped sterling.
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.
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 their appeal and beauty.