BC 1290 Large Onyx pendant & beads

$899.00

Crafted by Navajo artist Rick Werito working out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Known for his detailed silver work and bold stones this set is no exception. Measuring 18″ in total length. The Navajo pearls are graduated in size and have black onyx beads spread throughout. The pendant can be removed and the beads can be worn separately. Together the set is absolutely beautiful and can be worn in casual or formal events.

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NAVAJO HANDCRAFTED ONYX PENDANT AND BEADS


Onyx is a chalcedony quartz that is mined in Brazil, India, California, and Uruguay. It has a fine texture and black color; however, some onyx also displays white bands or ribbons against a black or brown background and this variety is known as sardonyx. The name comes from the Greek word onyx.


 

Navajo Pearls are traditionally made sterling silver beads. Silver beads are a traditional art form for Diné silversmiths, and the beads have as many expressions as there are artisans. … Making the beads is a time-consuming process. Each bead begins with silver that has to be melted, rolled and cut.

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Sterling silver

Is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum fineness of 925.

SILVER, for example 99.9% pure silver, is relatively soft, so silver is usually alloyed with copper to increase its hardness and strength. Sterling silver is prone to tarnishing, and elements other than copper can be used in alloys to reduce tarnishing.

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Oxidized silver (black coloring in the silver) is a process that many jewelers use to give sterling silver a black patina. It gives the jewelry an antique or tarnished look. The process consists of taking

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