Handcrafted sterling silver necklace. Crafted by Navajo artist Jeffery Nelson. This graduated necklace measures 20" in length with graduated sizes of approximately 9mm increasing to 19mm. The ends are finished off with silver cones, hook and eye. Light weight and easy to wear. One of the most popular styles we offer. NAVAJO PEARLS BY ARITST JEFFERY NELSON 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. ______________________________________________________ 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 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.