Oxidized Sterling Silver Campitos Turquoise Pendant FJP2275
Gem-like Campitos Turquoise set against oxidized sterling silver and accented with bright silver raindrops. Handmade by Diné silversmith Daniel Benally.
Authentic Handmade Native American Jewelry
OXIDIZED STERLING SILVER is sterling that has been darkened using a surface treatment. This process helps to give the metal a "tarnished" look and is often used to provide contrast within jewelry pieces.
RAINDROPS are seen frequently throughout Native American jewelry. Sterling silver drops or "raindrops" are a traditional design element. They can be smooth and highly polished or they can be starlike and oxidized.
CAMPITOS TURQUOISE Campito is derived from the Spanish word "campo" meaning "field" or "countryside". Mined in Mexico from the Pino Chueco and Cananea mines in Sonora, Campitos is a favorite for jewelry artisans. Campitos is unique in several ways. It grows in clay as free-form nuggets, rather than in veins which is typical of many North American turquoises. Its color closely resembles that of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and ranges from light to medium blue with no matrix. Occasionally you may find pyrite inclusions, which give it a little bit of sparkle.
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