Antique Vintage Native Navajo Sterling Silver Cripple Turquoise Mens Ring S 12.5
We have similar Navajo and Turquoise items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Age Circa : Antique Native Navajo C. Markings : Unmarked, Tested, and Guaranteed. Country of Origin : United States - Navajo. Gram Weight : 12.2 Grams. Main Stone : Cripple Creek Turquoise. 17.5 mm long and 12.5 mm wide, Bright blue hue with undertones of green and brown spiderwebbing 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. Item Measurements : The ring measures 0.85" in length and 0.85" wide, including the shoulders. The band measures 8.75 mm and tapers to 5.25 mm. Sizable by your local jeweler : Yes. Notable Features : This ring was handcrafted by a talented Navajo silversmith during the 1960s. The oval men's ring features an oval hand-carved turquoise cabochon. The turquoise is of the Cripple Creek variety and has a bright blue hue with undertones of green and brown spiderwebbing throughout. The bright blue contrasts beautifully against the sterling silver around it. The turquoise stone is accented by hand-applied silver placer nuggets, which were fused to the ring. The nuggets provide texture and added detail to this masculine ring. The contoured band and under gallery allow for a comfortable fit when worn. Don't miss out on this great piece of history. 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.
Cripple Creek Turquoise is found in Colorado and has a range of colors from deep blue to a rich green with a warm golden-brown matrix. The mine was originally a gold mine; turquoise was pulled out as a byproduct, and on rare occasion, Cripple Creek Turquoise may contain bits of natural gold ore. The item "Antique Vintage Native Navajo Sterling Silver Cripple Turquoise Mens Ring S 12.5" is in sale since Saturday, December 29, 2018. 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.
- Metal: Sterling Silver
- Ring Size: 12.5
- Main Stone: Turquoise
- Sizable: Yes
- Jewelry Type: Rings
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Modified Item: No
- Metal Purity: .925
- Tribal Affiliation: Navajo