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SOLD Vintage Navajo Malachite Sterling Ring

Native American Vintage Jewellery
1970's

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$69.00

Gorgeous 1970's made, authentic Native American, malachite and sterling silver vintage ring. Lovely flower and leaf design, malachite has a rich lustre to it, unmarked but tests sterling, nicely worn, edges smoothed - gorgeous hand crafted Navajo ring.

Item Details

Size

Setting Size: 2.3 x 3.5cm. Band Size: Internal Circumference 52 mm = US 6- AU L.5

Weight

5 Grams

Hallmark

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

Materials

Malachite, Sterling Silver

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, silver is smooth at the edges, 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.

Malachite

Malachite is a brightly banded green mineral carbonate that forms deep underground, most often as a result of weathering of copper ores - it is the copper component that gives it it's rich green tone. Archaeological evidence suggests we have been carving out of Malachite as far back as 4,000 BC. Malachite is soft and a little brittle, it is sensitive to both acids and heat and requires gentle care, no chemicals or ultrasonic cleaning, avoid makeup, perfumes and cleaning products.