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Sterling silver, real Turuqoise, Jet, Malachite, and Oyster Shell.
Pin measures approximately 3/4" long and 7/8" at widest point.
Looking at such beauty tells the capabilities of Native American art! This piece of Native American jewelry is Navajo hand crafted by artist Joe Martinez, out of genuine sterling silver and real multicolor inlay. The inlay consist of: real Turquoise, Jet, Malachite, and Oyster Shell. The inlay is carefully set, while hand crafted silver can be seen creating a wonderful Bear design. In Native American beliefs, the bear symbolizes physical strength, leadership, and is known as the "first helper". Stamped Patterns can be seen accenting the pin for an elegant finish. The pin is stamped sterling and 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 its appeal and beauty.
Malachite is famous for its radial banding and deep green color. Popular today for use in Southwestern style jewelry, malachite was also popular in the past with the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It was worn as a good luck charm to keep away danger and illness. It is believed to balance and stabilize ones emotions.