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Sterling Silver and real Turquoise.
Necklace measures approximately 17-1/2".
This amazing necklace depicts the beauty and elegance of the great Southwest! This piece of Southwest jewelry is hand strung out of genuine sterling silver and real Turquoise rondelle beads. The necklace consists of: 4-mm silver round beads, along with 6-mm Turquoise rondelle beads. Each end of the necklace is highlighted with a silver cone and bead for a charming 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.
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.