Nelson - Navajo Sterling Silver
Paula says - "These are hand made sterling silver Navajo beads. Each bead is hand drawn, punched for holes, stamped, soldered, polished and hand strung.
"These handmade sterling silver bead necklaces are often called Navajo Pearls or Desert Pearls."
Sterling silver cone ends with hook and eye clasp.
100% solid silver won't tarnish but it is too soft to use for making jewelry - it could easily be scratched, dented and bent. Sterling silver has a small amount of one or more other metals usually copper, added to the silver. To be called sterling silver, the alloy must contain at least 92.5% pure silver. Sterling silver alloy is harder than pure silver but the added metals also can cause discoloration or tarnish.