We have similar Navajo and Turquoise items, 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 : 11.8 Grams. Main Stone Measurements/Color : Measures 20.6 mm long by 11.3 mm wide, Opaque deep blue-green hue with light 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 1.25" in length and 0.94" wide not including the shoulders of the ring. The band measures 9 mm wide at the shoulders and tapers to 2.5 mm wide at the base. Sizable by your local jeweler : Yes. The face of the ring features a turquoise stone held in place using a bezel setting. The silver fans out from the bezel setting with a textured halo, which adds to the overall appearance of the item. The face of the ring also features large spheres at the left and right sides of the stone. The shoulders of the ring are split and graduate quickly to the band of the ring itself. 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. Variscite is a very rare form of hydrated aluminium phosphate mineral. It is sometimes confused with turquoise, although Variscite is usually more green in color.
Variscite is used as a semi-precious stone, and is popular for carvings and ornamental use. It was first described in 1837 and named for the locality of Variscia, the historical name of the Vogtland, in Germany. At one time, variscite was called Utahlite, because of the many mines that harvested the stone in Utah. The item "Antique Vintage Sterling 925 Silver Native Navajo Pawn Turquoise Band Ring S 6.5" is in sale since Sunday, April 7, 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.