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Sterling Silver, real Turquoise, Oyster Shell, Magenta Turquoise, Charoite, and man made Opal.
Necklace measures approximately 30" long and weighs 90 grams.
Looking at such beauty tells the capabilities of Southwestern art! The necklace is hand strung out of genuine sterling silver, along with real Turquoise, Oyster Shell, Magenta Turquoise, Charoite, and man made Opal. The necklace is made up of THREE strands that consists of: 5-mm silver round beads, 6-mm Turquoise rondelle beads, 6-mm Oyster Shell rondelle beads, 6-mm Charoite rondelle beads, and real 16-mm multicolor inlay beads. The inlay beads consist of: real Turquoise, Oyster Shell, Magenta Turquoise, and man made Opal. Each end of the necklace is completed with a silver cone and bead for a lovely 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.
Charoite was discovered in Russia in 1978 in a mountain in Yakutia, near the Charo River. The beautiful stone has an array of color ranging from bright lavender, violet and lilac to dark purple with a combination of white, gray and black matrix. Its glorious purple color features a unique combination of swirls, feathers and needles. Charoite is believed to enhance confidence, accelerate spiritual growth, and increase the ability to love. Some people believe that Charoite got its name because of the impression that it gives "Chary" which in Russian means "charms" or "magic".