We have similar Navajo and Spiny Oyster items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Angela A. Age Circa : Antique Native Navajo C.
Markings : "Sterling, " an unidentified maker's mark (a pictorial mark resembling a flower) and a faded illegible mark on the inside of the band, tested, and guaranteed. Country of Origin : United States - Navajo Nation. Gram Weight : 4.5 grams. Color: opaque bright coral-pink hue with mottled white hues throughout. Stone Treatment : The stone appears to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists.Stone has been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Stone Cuts : Carved and polished cabochon. Face of ring: 0.74" length, 0.57" width. Band width: 6.50 mm split shoulders tapering to 3.11 mm band. Sizable by your local jeweler : Yes. Handmade by a talented Navajo silversmith in the 1960s. The ring's face showcases a single spiny oyster stone with a striking coral-pink hue. Resting in a bezel setting, the stone is surrounded by a scalloped, blossom-like wire border adorned with silver beads. The bi-split shoulders of the ring taper together into the polished band.
The band contains hand-hammered stamped arrow and geometric designs. There is light tarnish on some areas of the sterling silver, giving the ring an antique quality we believe is rather lovely. This listing is for the item only. This beautiful piece was made by a very talented Native American silversmith.
It features handcrafted silversmith work throughout. 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. The Navajo Nation sits on 27,000 square miles within the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. The Navajo have a rich history and culture and have become known for creating some of the finest sterling silver and turquoise jewelry, incorporating their own traditional motifs with silversmithing. The squash blossom necklace is perhaps one the most famous Navajo styles produced, along with turquoise inlay rings. Turquoise is an important stone in Navajo culture; symbolizing happiness, good fortune, and good health. The first Navajo silversmith, Atsidi Sani, was taught around 1865 by a Mexican silversmith. Atsidi Sani in turn taught his four sons, who then started teaching other Navajo artisans. In the beginning, Navajo artisans created sterling silver jewelry for themselves and others in the Navajo Nation. Navajo silversmiths, working from 1870 to 1900, learned about stamping from Mexican leather workers, and adopted this to their metal working. Artisans made their own stamps that were passed down to each generation. Stampings are usually hand hammered using handcrafted or die stamps and include traditional Native American symbols, such as sunbursts, to ornate landscapes.
This technique has been passed on and utilized by other Native American tribes and continues to be a popular method of jewelry making. Spiny Oyster is a beautiful natural stone that has a gorgeous light red to pink hue and is often substituted for natural coral in Native American jewelry. Spiny oysters are not true oysters but are more closely related to scallops. They are found primarily in the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez off the coast of Baja California.
The item "Antique Vintage Native Navajo 925 Sterling Silver Spiny Oyster Ring Sz 5.25 4.5g" is in sale since Saturday, December 12, 2020. 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.