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Navajo - Vintage Sterling Silver Turquoise Statement Ring. This gorgeous ring is crafted from sterling silver, hallmarked 925 and STERLING. Featuring one genuine oval turquoise, vintage Navajo styling, and quality craftsmanship. The gallery on this ring is  expertly sawtooth-bezel set with a beautiful genuine blue turquoise. The turquoise showcases some wonderful matrix, which gives the stone a raw natural earthy feel, adding character to the piece. One side of the gallery is decorative, whilst the other side has a polished plain bezel.  The shoulders of the ring are an attractive split design, leading down to a polished and smooth shank, which allows for a comfortable fit and easy sizing. This vintage ring would make a wonderful gift or addition to any jewelry collection.

History: The earliest evidence of turquoise gemstones comes from ancient Egyptian tombs, which contain elaborate turquoise jewelry dating back to 3000 BCE. Egyptians set turquoise in gold necklaces and rings, used it as inlay, and carved it into scarabs.

The story of silver mining began about 5,000 years ago. Silver was first mined around 3,000 BCE in Anatolia, now located in modern-day Turkey. The precious metal helped early civilizations in the Near East, Ancient Greece to flourish.

The term "sterling silver" probably originated in eastern Germany when five towns formed the Hanseatic League in the 1100s. These town minted their own coins of 92.5 percent silver. When Britain sold cattle and grain to the League, they were paid in "Easterling coins".

Navajos were the first to take up metalwork, learning the craft of blacksmithing from Hispanic smiths in the villages of northwestern New Mexico, perhaps as early as the 1840s. By the late 1860s, several of these craftsmen had applied their blacksmithing tools and skills to the production of silver jewelry.

 

Measurements: Face of the Ring 26.00 mm x 20.00 mm 

Stone Size: Turquoise 19.50 mm x 13.50 mm 

Weight: 8.00 grams 

Ring Size: 8 1/2 

Condition Excellent 

Origin: America 

Date: Cica 1970

 

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