We have similar Navajo and Turquoise items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Angela A.Markings: "925" and unidentified maker's mark "CA" on the inside of the band, tested, and guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States - Navajo Nation. Gram Weight: 12.7 grams. Color: semi-translucent green hue with mottled lighter and darker green and silvery inclusions. Stone Treatment: The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists.
Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Stone Cuts: Carved and polished fancy checkerboard cut. Top of ring: 0.69" long and 0.34" wide. When worn: The top of the ring rises 0.28 off the finger when worn.
Band width: 15.12 mm tapering to 11.18 mm. Sizable by your local jeweler: Yes.
Handmade by a talented Navajo silversmith in the 1920s. Showcases a beautiful turquoise stone with a lovely green hue and mottled lighter and darker green inclusions. The stone, containing a fancy checkerboard cut, rests in a bezel setting.
The unique band of the ring is composed of four smaller bands, each with its own geometric design. The inside of the band is smooth and polished for comfortable wear. There is minor wear to the face of the turquoise, but this is hardly noticeable when worn and does not affect wear. There is tarnish on the sterling silver, which gives the ring an antique quality we believe is rather lovely. 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. 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.The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Native Navajo Turquoise Band Ring Sz 7.5 12.7g" is in sale since Sunday, March 7, 2021. 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.