Navajo Sterling Silver Overlay Turtle Ring

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Calvin Peterson - Navajo Sterling Silver
Overlay Turtle Ring
HK Item #NR305

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Authentic Navajo Sterling Silver overlay Turtle ring

Dimensions
7/8" tall x 5/8" wide
Hallmarks
STERLING
Artist's mark: a stylized gecko lizard
Artist
Calvin Peterson, Navajo

Paula says - "The crisp detail that the husband and wife team of Calvin and Betty Peterson achieves in these overlay rings just amazes me."

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Calvin and Betty Peterson
Overlay Turtle Ring
#305 - $155

SIZE  10  
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SIZE  11 1/2  
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

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What is Overlay?

Overlay pieces are made of two layers. The bottom layer is a solid sterling silver piece. The top layer has a cutout design. The cutout is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, that is heated so that they become one.

The bottom layer (background to the cutout) is usually accented. The Navajo silversmiths oxidize the bottom layer which darkens it. Hopi silversmiths oxidize and etch the background (texturize it) with hashmarks.

TURTLE - Nurturer, Protector, Mother Energy, Mother Earth. Turtle's medicine includes connection with Great Spirit, journeys of discovery, patience, feminine strength, power to heal female diseases, inspiration, protecting oneself snd others, self-reliance, and tenacity, longevity.

 

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