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Sterling silver, real Turquoise, Howlite, and Purple Oyster Shell.
Necklace measures approximately 23" in circumference with a 6" drop. The necklace weighs 66 grams.
Looking at such beauty tells the capabilities of Southwestern art! This piece of Jewelry is hand strung bead by bead by American artist Mandi Van Detti of genuine sterling silver and real multicolor beads. Mandi is known to make exquisite pieces of Southwest inspired jewelry that is sure to receive plenty of compliments! The necklace consists of: 2-mm and 4-mm silver round beads, 8-mm Howlite round beads, 6-mm Turquoise and Purple Oyster Shell rondelle beads, along with 16-mm Turquoise flat beads. A gorgeous silver feather can be seen dangling at the end for a stunning look! Feathers are symbols of prayers, marks of honor or sources of ideas. They represent the Creative Force.
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.