Antique Vintage Sterling 925 Silver Native Navajo Pawn Mother of Pearl Ring Sz 6
We have similar Navajo and Mother of Pearl items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Dylan L. Age Circa : Antique Native Navajo C. Markings : Marked with a Navajo makers mark on the back of the base of the band of the ring, Tested, and Guaranteed. Country of Origin : United States - Navajo Nation. Brand : Unidentified Pictograph Makers Mark. Main Stone : Mother of Pearl. Main Stone Measurements/Color : There are two sizes of mother of pearl; The largest measures 8.4 mm long by 6.6 mm wide, The smaller measures 7.5 mm long by 6.3 mm wide, Opaque iridescent pink hue. 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 : Oval Cabochon Cut. Item Measurements : The face of the ring measures 1.37" in length and 0.74" wide not including the shoulders of the ring. The band measures 5.1 mm wide at the shoulders and tapers to 3.1 mm wide at the base. Sizable by your local jeweler : Yes. The face of the ring features two mother of pearl stones held in place using sawtooth bezel settings. The face of the ring features a feather motif along with applied granulation and flowers. The face of the ring is large and covers most of the first digit of the finger when the ring is being worn. The sterling silver is slightly patinaed in some areas, which adds to the character of the piece. The price of this item has been reduced to reflect this. 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 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. 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.
Mother of Pearl is a beautiful type of organic mollusk shell lining that is made up of nacre, the same substance that coats pearls. It is a strong, iridescent material that is well suited to decorative arts, and has been used in art, jewelry and even architecture for thousands of years.
Mother of Pearl is highly prized for its distinct, multi-colored pearlescent glow. The item "Antique Vintage Sterling 925 Silver Native Navajo Pawn Mother of Pearl Ring Sz 6" is in sale since Friday, April 5, 2019. 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.
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Featured Refinements: Navajo Ring
- Metal Purity: .925
- Main Stone: Mother of Pearl
- Sizable: No
- Metal: Sterling Silver
- Brand: Makers Mark
- Jewelry Type: Rings
- Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
- Ring Size: 6