We have similar Navajo and Jade items, including a matching pendant and bracelet, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Dylan L.
Age Circa : Antique Native Navajo C. Markings : Unmarked, Tested, and Guaranteed. Country of Origin : United States - Navajo Nation. Gram Weight : 7.4 Grams. Main Stone Measurements/Color : 6.04 Carats, Measures 17 mm long by 13.7 mm wide, Opaque deep green 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. Item Measurements : The face of the ring measures 0.93" in length and 0.71" wide. The band measures 2.6 mm wide at the base.Sizable by your local jeweler : Yes. The face of the ring features a sawtooth bezel and applied granulation. Every piece of this ring would have been carefully handmade. This ring could benefit from a cleaning, and most of the wear could come off with warm and soapy water. There is also tarnish on this ring, which is to be expected of an item this age.
The sawtooth bezel doesn't fit perfectly around the stone, though the stone is not loose and is in no danger of getting lost. 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. Pre 1950s Navajo silversmiths would make jewelry out of US 90% Silver coins. They would use Half Dollars, Quarters, & Mercury Dimes. This type of jewelry is very rare, as it usually contained a high silver purity and was expensive to make. Whole Coin jewelry was worn around the reservation as a status symbol of wealth.
Jade is one of the oldest and most important gemstones, with a history dating over 7,000 years. Nephrite is more common than jadeite and although it is slightly softer than jadeite, it is considered tougher due to its denser structure. Nephrite was derived from the Greek word for kidney because it was thought that it could cure kidney disease. Up until around 1863, Nephrite was believed to be the same as Jadeite.Nephrite can be distinguished from Jadeite from its lower level of translucency and luster. Traditional Chinese jade typically refers to nephrite since there are no actual jadeite deposits located in China. Nephrite jade was used mostly in pre-1800 China, and is rare to see today. Green nephrite is considered the most valuable nephrite, but translucent, white nephrite was considered the most valuable up until the introduction of fine Imperial jadeite jade during the 18th century. The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Coin Silver Native Navajo Nephrite Jade Ring Sz 5.75" is in sale since Saturday, February 16, 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.