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SOLD 1980's Navajo Butterfly Coral + Turquoise Chip Inlay Ring

Native American Vintage Jewellery
1980's

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$69.00

Amazing handcrafted Native American vintage ring. Produced by Navajo silversmiths in the 1980's this cute but substantial ring has a beautiful inlay of turquoise and coral chip in sterling silver. Split shank band and rope set antennae - this ring has substantial weight - lovely handcrafted vintage ring

Item Details

Size

Setting: 2.4cm x 2.2cm. Band: Internal circumference 47mm = US 4 and AU H 1/2.

Weight

8 Grams

Hallmark

None, but this is common with older Native American jewellery. Acid tests positive for sterling silver.

Materials

Coral, Sterling Silver, Turquoise

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no dings or chips, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage ring.

About this Piece

Sterling Silver

Sterling is an alloy of silver containing at least 92.5% pure silver (925 parts of 1000 thus the 925 stamp), the remainder is made up of a mix of metals (most commonly copper) used to make the metal workable. Pure silver is generally considered too soft to work with, although you can find silver jewellery at 950 or 980, even the occasional 99.9% fine silver, which can be work-hardened to increase durability.

Chip Inlay

Chip inlay is a jewellery technique whereby cavities are carved into silver and filled with a mixture of crushed natural stone; typically turquoise, coral or lapis and an epoxy resin. Once the resin has cooled and hardened, it is polished smooth. The technique is popular in both Mexican and Native American jewellery - the colour often vibrant and the layers of crushed stone give a nice depth.