Diné Shield Shape Silver and Turquoise Ring

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Jewelry Rings
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: turquoise, silver
  • Size: Face 1-½” x ¾”
    Ring Size 5
  • Item # C4643.97
  • Price: $350

Turquoise announces its age in a graceful manner of turning darker after years of being handled, absorbing natural oil from one's hands. Such handling does no harm to the turquoise, only improves it. Some turquoise absorbs this natural oil more readily than others, resulting in various shades of individual cabochons over time. It is this subtle change in color that enhances the beauty of turquoise.

The turquoise in this Diné of the Navajo Nation ring is an excellent example of this process. Some of the cabs are darker than others, resulting in varying shades of color, thereby adding patina, age, charm, or whatever description you wish. It announces its vintage age. The ring appears to date to the mid- to late-twentieth century.


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Condition: very good condition

Provenance: this Diné Shield Shape Silver and Turquoise Ring is from the collection of a client

Recommended Reading: NAVAJO SILVER A brief History of Navajo Silversmithing by Arthur Woodward

TAGS: Southwest Indian JewelryDiné - Navajo NationJewelry Rings

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Jewelry Rings
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: turquoise, silver
  • Size: Face 1-½” x ¾”
    Ring Size 5
  • Item # C4643.97
  • Price: $350

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