Age Circa : Antique Native Navajo C. Markings : Marked "RP" on the bottom of the face of the ring, Tested, and Guaranteed. Country of Origin : United States - Navajo Nation. Gram Weight : 4.7 Grams.Main Stone Measurements/Color : Measures 17.1 mm long by 8.5 mm wide, Opaque bright blue and green hues with brown striations. 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 0.91" in length and 0.57" wide including the shoulders of the ring. The band measures 8.8 mm wide at the shoulders and tapers to 4.2 mm wide at the base.
Sizable by your local jeweler : Yes. The shoulders of the ring are split have a lovely applied appearance to them which adds to the overall motif of the piece. The face of the ring has a shadowbox, squash blossom-like motif and is scalloped.The stone is held in place using a sawtooth bezel and features a rope twist accent at the base. 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. Turquoise is found all over the world and has been a popular semi-precious stone used in jewelry and art for thousands of years by many different cultures; from prehistoric times to the present. Turquoise comes in many beautiful color variations; from the popular bright solid sky-blue hues to dark blue hues with dark spiderwebbing throughout, as well as aqua, teal, and many green varieties, and even some rare white with dark spiderwebbing. Kingman Turquoise comes from one of the largest turquoise mines in North America, out of Kingman, Arizona.This mine was discovered by prehistoric Native Americans over a 1000 years ago and is one of the oldest operating turquoise mines in America; even being traded with the Maya. It is highly prized for its black iron pyrite matrix and beautiful rich sky-blue color and has become an industry standard. The mine produces green turquoise as well, which is also very popular. The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Coin Silver Native Navajo Pawn Turquoise Ring Sz 5.75" is in sale since Saturday, May 25, 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.