Navajo Artisan handmade Sterling Silver and Kingman Turquoise Shield Necklace. This Necklace features a single Kingman Turquoise stone set into a sterling silver bezels. The pendant features intricate hand stamping throughout. This necklace link chain is Sterling Silver. Handmade by Roberta Begay with Running Bear. This necklace measures 18" Long, the Pendant is 2-1/2" Long by 1" Wide. This piece weighs 29g.In many cultures of Native American people, males at various times of their lives, went on what were known as “Vision Quests.” These quests would guide a male through his journey in becoming a man to find his spiritual name, spiritual guides, or both. At the culmination of the quest, the male returned with a gift for the holy man or medicine man of the tribe. The Holy Man would then interpret what the young man gained through his quest and then transferred this symbolically to the person’s shield.Native American shields were a very important article to the Native American man; not only because of the physical protection it afforded him, but also because of the spiritual protection it provided. Because of the spiritual significance especially, shields are a lasting symbol of the cultural identity of the Native American man. Surprisingly, many of the Native American shields were not New for actual physical protection, but were carried with them attached in some way upon their animals or were put in a place of Honor, to the East of the warrior’s lodge to maintain its’ spiritual protection.The Kingman Turquoise Mine is one of the oldest and highest producing Turquoise Mines in America. It was originally discovered by Native American Indians well over 1000 years ago. Kingman Turquoise is known for its beautiful sky blue color and produces many variations of blue Turquoise. The Kingman Turquoise mine also produces green Turquoise from the Turquoise Mountain side of the mine. Kingman Turquoise has been the biggest supplier of Turquoise to the Southwestern Turquoise Jewelry industry for nearly as long as the American Turquoise Jewelry industry has existed. In fact, the Kingman Turquoise mine was once part of a Turquoise boom around 1000 AD when the Mayan culture was using a lot of Turquoise for self adornments and ceremonial items. Today, as in the old times, blue Turquoise from Kingman, Arizona is king, even though the mine produces all colors of Turquoise and green Turquoise is almost becoming blue Turquoise equal in popularity these days. Native Americans believe that the earth is alive and that all things, no matter how small or apparently inanimate, are precious. To the Native Americans, turquoise is life. There are stones medicine men keep in their sacred bundles because they possess powers of healing. Stones and crystals have unique attributes that support and heal us. Turquoise, especially, is known for its positive healing energy, an aid in mental functions, communications and expression and as a protector. If you’re wearing a turquoise ring and you look down and see a crack in your stone, the Native Americans would say “the stone took it”, meaning the stone took the blow that you would have received.