Men’s Sterling Silver and Hematite Navajo Silver Ring

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Jewelry Rings
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Silver, Hematite
  • Size: 1” x ⅝”; Size: 12
  • Item # C4102.43
  • Price: $225.00

Two oblong pieces of hematite adorn this hefty man’s Navajo silver ring. Four small silver drops separate the stones which are set in hand crafted scalloped bezels. The face was placed on a solid shank with a fan-shaped appliqué on either side. The appliqué has been carefully incised. The ring is unsigned and dates to the last quarter of the 20th Century.

Hematite is an iron oxide mineral (Fe2O3) that is found throughout the world. It is the most commonly-mined ore of iron. The iron used in your home, your car or furniture was probably made from iron produced by mining hematite. Hematite comes in most any color, but the interesting thing about it is that it is always red in powdered form. The name "hematite" is derived from the Greek word "haimatos" which means "blood red." Hematite comes in a variety of lusters, the one used for jewelry is generally dark silver with a metallic luster. The shiny dark silver luster of polished hematite is suggestive of the gunmetal polish found in fine pieces of Maria Martinez’s pottery. This is not surprising because the shiny black of Tewa pottery is a result of the iron in the clay used by the potters.


Condition: The Men's Sterling Silver and Hematite Ring is in excellent condition.

Provenance: From a Colorado Southwest Indian Jewelry Collection

Recommended Reading:  

- Navajo Jewelry: A Legacy of Silver and Stone by Lois Essary Jacka

- Indian Silver: Navajo and Pueblo Jewelers by Margery Bedinger

Alternate side view of this ring.

Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Jewelry Rings
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Silver, Hematite
  • Size: 1” x ⅝”; Size: 12
  • Item # C4102.43
  • Price: $225.00

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