Diné Ring with Large Oval Turquoise Gemstone [SOLD]

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Jewelry Rings
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Turquoise, Sterling Silver
  • Size: 1-⅛” x ⅞”;
    Ring Size: 8-½
  • Item # C4102.04
  • SOLD

During the heyday of turquoise jewelry in the 1960s and 1970s,  Navajo silversmiths used a variety of different types of turquoise in their creations. This mid-century ring features a blue green stone with a golden brown matrix. The ring shows extensive wear along the two sides of the bezel. The unusual look of the stone is quite appealing, it is something that only long term loving wear can achieve. It is set securely in a sawtooth bezel which is in turn framed with a piece of twisted wire. The stone is placed on a four prong shank. The ring is unsigned.

Note: When we say Diné, as opposed to Navaho or Navajo, we are referring to the people and not the government.  Since 1969, their government refers to itself as the Navajo Nation.  

 

Condition: this Diné Ring with Large Oval Turquoise Gemstone is in very good condition.

Provenance: from an extensive Southwest Indian Jewelry jewelry collection in Colorado

Recommended Reading:

- Navajo Silver: A Brief History of Navajo Silver by Arthur Woodward

- Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths by John Adair

Relative Links: Southwest Indian JewelryNavajoRings

Alternate side view of this Turquoise Ring.

Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Jewelry Rings
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Turquoise, Sterling Silver
  • Size: 1-⅛” x ⅞”;
    Ring Size: 8-½
  • Item # C4102.04
  • SOLD

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