This lovely sterling Navajo ring is set with Royston turquoise which is known for its green color and a heavy brown matrix. This ring is an estate item and is a natural stone with a lightly polished surface. The stone is in excellent condition with the highly magnified lines shown being the matrix. There are no chips or cracks, and it has been checked and found secure by a trained silversmith at Maine Gold and Silver as well as tested as sterling. The craftsmanship is outstanding as well as the stone. All handmade, one can see evidence on the back of hand filing and hand set raindrops on the front. The ring is a size 7 and 3/4 on a mandrel. It measures N to S 1 and 3/8" and 1" in width. It is signed JB on the back, which according to Bille Hougart's " Native American and Southwestern Silver Hallmarks", is the mark that belongs to John Burnside because of the angle of which the letters are stamped (p 72). Deceased in 1988, this gives an idea as to the possible age of the ring. Many members of the Begay family whose first name begins with J also use J B as their hallmark, but they are in a straight line and not offset (Hougart). The ring is lovely on the hand and will make a nice addition to your Native American vintage jewelry collection.
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