This is a quite old, two stone, turquoise and silver "snake" ring that would make a great addition to your vintage jewelry collection.
Made during the 1950's, or 1960's, this obviously handmade ring features two, nicely matched, natural turquoise stones that are set in hand cut, scalloped, silver bezels.
The stones are surrounded by a hand stamped silver snake whose head apparently has been worn down from considerable wear. It appears as if the head had originally been the highest point on the ring and therefore shows the most wear.
Also the applied silver leaf, on the side of the ring opposite the snake's tail, shows a lot of wear since most of the hand stamped designs have been badly worn down.
This size 10 ring weighs a hefty 22.8 grams and it measures 1+1/8" long.
As with most, vintage, Native American made jewelry, there is no artist's hallmark nor any stamp indicating the purity of the silver.
However, since we reluctantly had to remove some patina in order to take decent pictures, we're quite sure that the silver is sterling. We don't test for sterling because the chemicals in the testing kit tend to leave stains on the silver.
Other than the wear that's normal for a heavily worn ring that's this old, this wonderful old beauty is still in quite good condition. The two matching turquoise stones are set firmly in their bezels and are not cracked nor chipped. There are a few, very small, natural inclusions in the stones that were placed there by the ultimate artist, Mother Nature.
Some pictures are enlarged to show detail.
The coin in one of the pictures is a quarter.
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