Early Navajo Raindrop Ring in Natural Turquoise Size: 6
Early Navajo ring in sterling silver. Has a hand hammered shank with cold chisel split.Setting has s deep plain bezel with twisted wire and hand dropped raindrops.
The stone is natural. It is a thin vein in chert tan matrix. It was never stabilized in plasticizers. As you can see in the photo, the turquoise has worn and chipped away from the matrix or host stone at one end.
I had to think about replacing the stone, but I decided to leave it in ion original condition for it has excellent age and the stone's condition is part of it's story and a testimony of it natural state which was common in the 1920s when this ring was made. This stone is most likely from the Cerrillos Mine. Very intense blue.
Approx. size is 6. Ring shape has a flat side where the stone is set so it does not size well on a mandrel.
Weight: 6 grams.
This piece is more of a collector piece than a fashion ring.