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Sterling silver, along with Tuquoise, and Howlite.
Necklace measures approximately 26" inside circumference, allowing each side link to measure approximately 1-3/8" long, and 3/4" wide, while the middle piece measures approximately 2-3/8" long and 2-1/4" at widest point, and weighs 136 grams. Matching hook dangle earrings measure approximately 1-1/2" long (including hook) and 3/4" at widest point.
This is a wonderful piece of Navajo artistry! This Native American jewelry set is Navajo hand crafted and strung by artist Elton James, out of genuine sterling silver, along with Turquoise and Howlite stones. The set is reversible it can be worn on either side, one side being Turquoise and the other side being Howlite (it's like having two sets in one). The necklace is composed of one Naja (the crescent-shaped large center pendant) and double strands of 8-mm silver eccentric beads placed at regular intervals among the round side of the center. In between the eccentric beads, the side links are attached to three petals which are called squash blossoms. In this set, there is a total of THREE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-EIGHT stones. The necklace has a total of THREE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-EIGHT stones (ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-NINE on each side). The stones are carefully set in hand cut bezel, while being accented with twisted silver and mini silver beads. Entire traditional necklace is flexible "not stiff". The necklace is stamped sterling. The reversible earrings match the side likes in this necklace perfectly and have a total of FORTY FOUR stones (TWENTY-TWO in each earring and ELEVEN on each side) that are delicately placed in hand cut bezel, while highlighted with twisted silver and mini silver beads that can be seen adding style for an amazing finish.
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.
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.