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Sterling silver, real Turquoise, and man made Opal.
Necklace measures approximately 26-3/4" long and weighs 82 grams.
This is a wonderful piece of Navajo artistry! This piece of Native American jewelry is Navajo hand strung out of genuine sterling silver, real Turquoise beads, along with real Turquoise and man made Opal inlay divider beads. The necklace is made up of FOUR strands that consist of: 5-mm silver round beads, 15-mm Turquoise and Opal inlay divider beads and Turquoise beads that have an average measurement of 7-mm. The FOUR strands in this necklace are being held together by TWO Turquoise and Opal inlay divider beads that are gently set in a silver bezel for a delightful look. Each end of the necklace is completed with a silver cone and bead for a stunning finish. The cones are stamped sterling.
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.
Most people know Opal for its distinctive play of color, it is a semi-transparent solidified mineral composed of silicon and water, and it gets its name from the Latin word "Oplus" meaning precious stone. Opal is birthstone of October. It is believed to release self-consciousness allowing spontaneous action, and awakens psychic and mystical qualities.