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Sterling silver, 12 Karat Gold Filled, and real Turquoise.
Key chain measures approximately 2-1/8" long (including ring) and 7/8" at widest point.
This magnificent and traditional key chain represents the finest of Navajo craftsmanship! This piece of Native American jewelry is Navajo, hand crafted by artist Betty Tom, out of genuine sterling silver, 12 Karat Gold Filled, along with a real Turquoise stone. The stone is carefully set in hand cut bezel, while forming the eye of an eagle. 12 Karat Gold Filled portrays the beak of the eagle and adds a stylish look to the piece. In Native American beliefs, the eagle is the master of the sky; he is considered to be a carrier of prayers. Many of the Indian Nations admire the eagle for bravery and special connections to the creator. The key chain is hallmarked.
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.
12KGF is as good as gold; it will never fade, change, or wear off color. It is 12K gold on top of brass and other metals, which create a gold tone with a finish all the way through, same behavior as gold.