Coral & Turquoise cluster ring – Circa 1970’s Navajo ring

$800.00

Vintage 1970’s Navajo Cluster ring. Set in solid sterling silver with high grade Red Mediterranean Coral and Morenci turquoise. The artist uses beautiful stones to make this simple design stand out. The oval coral pieces ( 10 ) measure 3/8″ x 1/8″ with a single turquoise stone measuring 5/8″ x 3/8″. The entire settings measures 1-1/2″ x 1-3/4″. This is a large oval ring that is sure to make a statement.**Please specify your size when ordering and we would be happy to size it for you.

Combining many stones into one piece makes some of the most beautiful and exciting Native American jewelry.   Depending on how the stones are cut, this style of combining stones can be called Cluster-Work, Needle Point, Petit Point and Snake Eyes.  These four styles emerged in the early 1920’s-1940’s  and are primarily made by the Zuni Tribe, although some Navajos will make similar designs. These styles have a feminine quality to them, as the stones are set in small and elegant settings.

These designs are very tedious as each bezel (the silver holding the stone) is individually shaped and solder. Then the stones are cut, glued to matchsticks, then shaped and polished with a series of grinding wheel

*Cluster Work
Many artist excel at combining stones of any shape into large clusters to form a design/pattern. The term “cluster work” is a general term that is used to describe this style. Many times “cluster work” is used synonymous with Petit Point.  Generally with “cluster work”  combinations of small round, square, rectangle and teardrop stones are used to create an infinite amount of designs.

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Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. The sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925.

SILVER, for example 99.9% pure silver, is relatively soft, so silver is usually alloyed with copper to increase its hardness and strength. Sterling silver is prone to tarnishing, and elements other than copper can be used in alloys to reduce tarnishing, as well as casting porosity and fire scale. Such elements include germanium, zinc, platinum, silicon, and boron. Recent examples of alloys using these metals include argentium, sterlium, sterilite and silvadium.

Red coral (Corallium Rubrum) comes from certain areas, such as the Mediterranean, where the specific water temperature and conditions allow coral to thrive. Coral is a hardened tube or branch. Only about 10% of coral is considered jewelry quality. Coral comes in shades from blood-red to orange to pink to white.

Although coral has been used by Stone Age peoples as long as 30,000 years ago to decorate sepulchers (burial vaults), Native American artists have only used coral for the last 600 years.

Morenci turquoise is another American classic, highly regarded and sought after by collectors. Though the Morenci turquoise mine produces a wide range of colors from blue to green, the most desirable is a deep blue color with a heavy iron pyrite matrix and occasionally some spider webbing.

The Morenci turquoise mine is located in Southeastern Arizona. It is the by-product of a large open-pit copper mining operation and dates back to 1864. William “Lucky” Brown was offered the mining rights in the 1950s and the Brown family has worked the mine since. Though no turquoise is actively being produced at the Morenci mine, small amounts do still come to market each year from the stock that was mined previously.

 

 

 

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