Navajo American Indian Calvin Toddy sterling set spiny oyster ring cuff. Spiny oyster, which is used to make this striking Navajo cuff and ring set, is an oyster covered in spines that is found along the Atlanta coast of Baja, California and Mexico. It is used on occasion as a substitute for coral and is fairly scarce. The four chunks on this cuff and ring set measure 1.5 to 1.25 inch, and have an estimated value of $300 each by today's standards. You can see that they are also carved with a Navajo pattern.
The sterling is substantial with a lovely scallop and bead design, of which the center setting on the cuff and ring measures just under 2 inches across. The cuff weighs 2.31 ozt and .70 ozt on the ring. The ring is a size 8.75 and the cuff is 2.25 inches across the center with a 1.25 inch opening.
This spiny oyster Navajo American Indian set is marked CT STERLING. This is the mark of Calvin Toddy, a Navajo artist featured on page 167 of the book HALLMARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST by Barton Wright, a well-respected authority and former museum curator. He has been a constant award winner at the Gallup Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial since 1985. He was selected as the poster artist for that organization for the year 1995. Calvin Toddy is the son of Beatien Yazz (Jimmy Toddy) another talented Navajo artist, and was born in 1955.
Condition: Very good
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