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Sterling silver, real Turquoise, Coral, Jet, Brown Shell, White and Yellow Mother of Pearl.
Hook dangle earrings measure approximately 1-1/2" long (including hook) and 1-1/4" at widest point.
Looking at such beauty tells the capabilities of Native American art! This piece of Native American jewelry is Zuni hand crafted by artist Caroline Edaakie, out of genuine sterling silver and real multicolor inlay. The inlay consist of: Turquoise, Coral, Jet, Brown Shell, White and Yellow Mother of Pearl. The inlay is carefully set, while creating a fascinating road runner design for an elegant finish. In Native American history, the roadrunners are believed to lead away the evil spirits. They are a symbol of courage, strength, and endurance. The feathers of the roadrunners are tied to horses' tails to lead the evil spirits away. The earrings are signed Zuni 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.
Corals are known to be very soothing and very protective. Coral is of an organic origin; it is the skeletal remains of marine animals called Coral Polyps. Colonies of these tiny creatures build branching structures as they grow, gradually forming reefs and atolls.