Harrison Yazzie Navajo Sterling Silver Sandcast Turquoise Ring

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Harrison Yazzie - Navajo Sterling Silver
Sandcast Turquoise Ring
HK Item #NR385

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Navajo Sandcast Sterling Silver Turquoise inlay ring

Dimensions
7/8" tall at the front
Materials
Turquoise, Read about stones
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Hallmarks
HY     Sterling
Artist
Harrison Yazzie, Navajo

Navajo Sandcast Sterling Silver Turquoise inlay ring

Navajo Sandcast Sterling Silver Turquoise inlay ring

Harrison Yazzie
Navajo Sterling Silver
Sandcast Turquoise Ring - NR385
$65
plus s/h

SIZE 11 1/2  

SIZE 11 3/4   

Navajo Sandcast Sterling Silver Turquoise inlay ring

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What does Sand Cast mean?

Sand cast items are Indian Hand Made items using a procedure developed by the Navajo silversmiths in the mid 1800s. It is a labor-intensive process that involves many steps.

Using Tuff Stone, a porous rock from volcanic ash, Tufa Stone, a porous limestone that forms near hot springs, or Sandstone, a harder stone, the artist carves the design of the item being cast. Another flat stone is placed against the carved half of the mold. The halves are fastened together and a sprue hole is carved into one end. Molten silver is poured into the mold using the sprue hole. Once the silver cools, the item is taken out and finished. Bracelets are poured flat and then shaped.

Due to the porous nature of Tuff or Sand Stone, sandcast items will have character marks and imperfections such as small pits. That is the nature of Sand Casting and Indian Hand Made.


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