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Navajo Onyx and Turquoise Earrings

Item #42319

Price: $100.00

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These elegant sterling silver post-back earrings showcase Navajo lapidary work and silversmithing. The onyx stone is presented in a twisted silver wire setting. The turquoise stone is accented with small silver beads. These Navajo Onyx and Turquoise Earrings are handmade in the U.S.A. by a Navajo silversmith. Natural gemstone variations will occur.  1"l.

Museum Provenance

Authentic representation or adaptation of holdings in our National Museum of the American Indian.

Every Smithsonian purchase will arrive with a museum provenance card explaining how it is adapted from or inspired by an object or objects in our collection.

Additional Gemstone Information

Onyx is a microcrystalline quartz, which has traditionally been used in cameo jewelry or made into beads or cabochons. Finely textured and usually black in color, onyx is an ancient stone used as early as Second Dynasty Egypt for bowls and other vessels.

Highly regarded by ancient civilizations for its unique aqua coloring, turquoise is a rare phosphate of copper that only forms in the earth's most dry and barren regions. The name turquoise derives from the fact that this gemstone was brought to Europe from eastern Mediterranean traders, known as Turks. Colors can range from green and greenish blue to sky blue. Turquoise is a birthstone for December.

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