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Sterling Silver, real Turquoise, Yellow Mother of Pearl, Pink Shell, Onyx, along with man made Fire Opal.
Post hoop earrings measure approximately 7/8" long and 1/4" at widest point.
This pair of earrings are a true treasure! This piece of Native American jewelry is Zuni hand crafted by artist Mike Walela, out of genuine sterling silver and multicolor stones. The stones include: real Turquoise, Yellow Mother of Pearl, Pink Shell, Onyx, along with man made Fire Opal. The earrings have a total of TEN stones (FIVE in each earring) that are delicately set in hand cut silver bezel while mini silver beads can be seen accenting and completing the earrings beautifully.
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 their 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 the birthstone for October. It is believed to release self-consciousness allowing spontaneous action, and awakens psychic and mystical qualities.