Age Circa : Antique Native Navajo C. Country of Origin : United States-Navajo Nation. Gram Weight : 7.0 Grams.Main Stone : Cripple Creek Turquoise. Main Stone Measurements/Color : The stone measures approximately 0.85" in length by 0.7" in width, robbin egg blue with a white and brown matrix which has marble-like detail. Stone Treatment : The stone appears to be untreated, but we are not certified Gemologists and cannot be sure. Item Measurements : The ring measures 1.3" in length by 0.8" in visible width when worn, and is approximately 0.25 thick. The band tapers from approximately 0.3" wide down to 0.1". Sizable by your local jeweler : Yes. Notable Features : This stunning cripple creek turquoise blossom ring was handcrafted by a talented Navajo silversmith during the 1950s. It features a beautiful hand carved oval shaped turquoise cabochon which boasts a. Robbin egg blue with a white and brown matrix that has marble-like detail. Set in a saw tooth bezel, with a rope twist border and an applied scroll-shaped wire border, this piece has an organic, squash blossom quality. Two small granulated bead details with a hand-stamped starburst symbol at each end accent the lovely design.
A light patina on on the sterling gives this piece an antique quality, which we believe is quite beautiful. This pretty ring would make a great gift for a loved one.
This listing is for the item only. Antique Native American jewelry is very rare to find. This is due to these pieces being made for reservation and personal use before the tourist trade became popular. Very few pieces were made and even less survived to today. The concept of Pawn, Old Pawn, and Dead Pawn Native American Jewelry came to be in the 1800s.When a loan wasnt repaid, the item became known as either Old Pawn or Dead Pawn. Granulation is a method of metal surface decoration that consists of tiny metal beads which are applied in a pattern onto a base piece. This meticulous method of application can be done in three ways: hard soldering, fusing, or colloidal soldering. Perfected in Sumer by the ancient Etruscan civilization who resided in present-day Italy, this technique dates back even further to the royal tombs of Ur in Mesopotamia. One way to think of this process is by likening it to a patchwork quilt, whereby every granule is cut from a larger main section of metal material.
The beads are made separately by heating those pieces, and then added to the surface after. Granules incorporated in this technique generally work better the higher they are in gold and silver content. The wonderful mystery behind this technique of metal ornamentation resided with the Etruscans, who invented a kind of fine powder granulation that did not use solder. Within the metalsmithing community, granulation is considered one of the most difficult techniques to employ.
Native American silversmiths, working from 1870 to 1900, learned the stamping of ornaments from Mexican leather workers, who had learned the skill from silversmiths. Stampings are usually hand hammered using a handcrafted stamp and include traditional Native American symbols. Cripple Creek turquoise is found in Colorado, and has a range of colors from deep blue to a rich green with a brown matrix.
It is very rare to find a green Cripple Creek stone. The mine was originally a gold mine; turquoise was pulled out as a byproduct, and on rare occasion, Cripple Creek turquoise may contain bits of natural gold ore. The squash blossom design refers to the likeness of a bead or stone to the flower from a blossoming squash plant, which was a significant food source for the Native Navajo. The design originated from Spanish contact with the Navajo many years ago. The original likeness of the design can be attributed to the pomegranate blossom of the Eastern world, and was adapted by the Navajo for their own use.In many contemporary designs, the concept is still used, however, sometimes the design is highly conceptualized, and it is not obviously recognizable. The item "Antique Native Navajo Pawn Sterling Silver Cripple Creek Turquoise Ring Sz 4.25" is in sale since Saturday, February 10, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Rings". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.