Woman Navajo jewel
Sterling Silver inlaid with turquoise,opal,lapis lazuli and spiny oyster
Size 0.8" x 0.5"
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The colour of Turquoise stone goes from blue,pale blue to green.The most known mines from the United States are the Apache Canyon mine in California and Sleeping beauty mine in Arizona,that's why you can find the "Sleeping Beauty turquoise", very popular,because it has less impurity.For the Navajos the turquoise stone represents hapiness,luck and health.Turquoise is the most used stone in Native American arts and crafts.
Opal is greatly prized from the native american artists,because it has various colors.You'll find white stones,black,blue or even yellow called stone of fire.The world capital of opal is Coober Peddy,situated 500 miles south of Alice Springs in Australia.
Opaque blue and still , even if it varies in tone, blue lapis lazuli is a metamorphic rock containing silicates.It combines almost 14 different minerals mainly of lazurite to whom he owes his ultramarine blue , calcite , sodalite and golden pyrite which gives it its golden highlights so popular among jewelers and lapidary .
There are mining extractions in the United States as the Bighorn Mine in Californie.C'est the stone of wisdom and courage and helps the psychic stability.
The Spiny Oyster shell is used in the Native American jewelry.It's not an oyster but it has some caracteristic like adhere itselfs to rocks.They are found primarly in Baja California in the Cortez Sea.A spiny Oyster is believed to bring you a sense of understanding and patience.