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Dine Spirit™ Sterling Silver New Lander Chalcosiderite Handmade Pendant
A distinct design from the land of the Southwest! Hand-crafted from polished sterling silver, this stunning pendant features an oval New Lander chalcosiderite. The sides of the pendant feature an abstract design. This one-of-a-kind pendant will be the talk of any gathering! Add your own favorite chain or cord and let your faith shine through!

The Navajo people call themselves Dine, literally meaning "The People". The Dine reservation in the Southwest's Four Corners is the largest reservation in the USA, spanning from northern Arizona, to northwest New Mexico and southeast Utah. The Dine people began working silver in the early 1800's. The timeless and distinctive artistic traditions of The People are cherished around the world.

  • Metal: Sterling Silver
  • Stone Information: One oval shaped 33 x 17mm stabilized New Lander chalcosiderite cabochon
  • Setting Type: Bezel
  • Measurements: 2-1/2”L x 1”W x 1/4”H
  • Collection: Dine Spirit™
  • Country of Origin: USA

Stabilized turquoise is enhanced through a process of coating the genuine gemstone with colorless acrylics or resin to fill porous gaps, harden the stone and maintain the stone’s color.

Chain is not included. Includes a romance card signed by the native American artist of this piece. Color range of the gemstone is milky green with matrix to yellowish green.

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver, also called fine silver, is a beautifully lustrous cool-toned precious metal favored in fine jewelry among other products. The most reflective of all metals (excluding mercury), sterling silver looks stunning by itself and brings out the best hues in an array of colorful gemstones.

Sterling silver can be polished to a higher sheen than platinum. In fact, Ag, the chemical symbol for silver, comes from a word that means “white and shining.” The surface of silver can boast that shiny, polished appearance, or can be brushed, satin, matte, sandblasted, antiqued or oxidized (chemically blackened).

In order to be called sterling silver, a metal must be made up of a minimum of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% alloy (meaning other metals), including but not limited to copper and nickel. The alloy is added to pure silver to make the metal more durable, tougher and harder. Sterling silver is designated a fineness of “925.” Pieces with sterling silver may be marked “sterling.”

Finishes on Sterling Silver
Finishing, or plating, is a common treatment with sterling silver. Popular types of plating are rhodium plating, gold plating and anti-tarnish plating. Plating is used to extend the life and sheen of the jewelry. After sizing or buffing a piece of jewelry with a machine, it must be re-plated to restore the finish.

  • Rhodium Plating: Rhodium plating is a complex and laborious process that enhances the luster and beauty and extends the life of silver. A member of the platinum metal group, rhodium is often used as a finishing touch on silver jewelry. It's a shiny silvery metal with a very white and reflective appearance, much like mercury. It's also very hard, so it withstands much wear and tear, resists natural tarnishing and wonderfully mimics the brilliant finish of freshly polished silver.

    Caring for Sterling Silver
    Sterling silver becomes tarnished as the result of a natural chemical process that occurs when sterling silver is exposed to chemicals in the air, rubber, wool and latex. Humidity also plays a role in accelerating tarnishing. It's easy to keep your sterling silver sparkling, though, by taking a few steps to prevent tarnish and other wear and tear.

  • Avoid exposing sterling silver to direct sunlight and harsh chemicals, including chlorine, ammonia, hair products, perfumes, cosmetics, perspiration and strong jewelry cleaning solutions.
  • Periodically wash sterling silver with mild dish soap and warm water. Rinse well and dry completely with a soft cloth before storing because moisture can cause tarnish.
  • Lightly polish sterling silver frequently with a soft silver-polishing cloth, avoiding abrasive cloths completely.
  • Tarnish is easy to remove when it first forms as a yellowish tint, but becomes more difficult to remove when it becomes brown and black. Remove tarnish with a silver polish cream, avoiding immersing pieces with gemstones in tarnish-removal solutions.
  • Minimize scratches on sterling silver by storing it in its own compartment in your jewelry box or in a cloth pouch. Sterling silver may also be stored in sealed polyethylene bags.

  • About the Collection
    Discover the artistry of the Navajo people with Diné Spirit - a jewelry collection that embodies the true Native American spirit. Handmade in the Southwest and crafted in sterling silver with American turquoise and other fine genuine gemstones, each piece is an individual work of art.

    The Navajo people, or Diné as they call themselves, have a rich history in creating beautifully ornate and artistic jewelry. Combining modern techniques with traditional Navajo silversmithing methods, the collection transcends beauty. Common to the Navajo, each piece is meticulously created one-at-a-time in the homes of skilled artisans, with the artist's name engraved on every item.

    Diné Spirit is adorned with a variety of Southwestern details, including complex engravings, scrollwork, floral shapes, oxidation and more. Genuine gemstones native to the Southwest take center stage in each design, bringing color and personality to the pieces.

    Veronica YellowhorseAbout the Guest
    Brenda Baca has been in the jewelry biz for over a decade, honing a special eye for quality, Native American pieces. Having worked first hand with the silversmiths and artisans of Diné Spirit, and being an designer herself, she truly appreciates and understands the skill and talent required to craft this stunning collection.