The bead portion of this necklace was created using white howlite and onyx stone accented with beautiful southwest design stamped sterling beads. Then just for fun we added an Australian opal inlaid onyx bead. The pendent was made by Navajo artist Juliana Williams. Juliana used 27 teardrop cut pieces of white buffalo and 1 round cut stone in the center. Each stone is had set in a saw tooth sterling setting. Then Juliana accented the pendent with sterling twist rope and sterling droplets.
Howlite is naturally white and often has a dark gray or black matrix. It can be mislabeled as white turquoise or buffalo turquoise but White Buffalo is calcite and Howlite is a borate mineral, which is mined in Canada and parts of the Northern U.S. Since howlite is porous it is easily dyed to imitate turquoise or coral but its natural state is white or a soft creamy color.
Stones: White Buffalo, Natural White Howlite and Onyx
Pendant: 28 Stones White Buffalo
Pendant Size: 2" in diameter
Signed: JW for Juliana Williams
Length: 22" with a 3" extender.
Weight: 123 grams
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