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Sterling Silver and Anden Opal.
Necklace measures approximately 16-1/2" long.
This is a very exquisite necklace that must not be overlooked! This piece of Southwest style jewelry is hand strung bead by bead, out of genuine sterling silver and real Anden Opal. The necklace consists of: Sterling Silver round beads ranging from 3-mm to 5-mm, along with a 29-mm Anden Opal free formed centerpiece. Each end of the necklace is highlighted with a silver bead and cone for a charming finish. The cones are stamped sterling.
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.
Sterling Silver is a metal, which consists of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper. Although any metal can make up the 7.5% of non-silver component, years of study have shown that copper is most compatible, while aiding the solidity and durability of the metal without harming its beautiful color. The small amount of 7.5% copper added to all silver has almost no effect on the metals overall value. Due to the durability of sterling silver it is not only used for jewelry, but household accessories as well. Silver is known to last a lifetime with the proper care.