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Ray King, Navajo Arts and Crafts Guild
Vintage Sterling Silver and
Turquoise Collar
HK Item #N697

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vintage sterling silver and turquoise collar by Navajo artisan Ray King

size
approximate 16" collar, adjustable
weight
43 grams
materials
sterling silver, Read about silver;
turquoise, Read about stones
condition
vintage, pre-owned, excellent; stone firmly set in smooth bezel with no cracks or chips; bright patina
hallmarks
stamped: KING STERLING and Horned Moon (stamp of the Navajo Arts and Crafts Guild)
artist
Ray King, Navajo

vintage sterling silver and turquoise collar by Navajo artisan Ray King

vintage sterling silver and turquoise collar by Navajo artisan Ray King

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Ray King, Navajo Arts and Crafts Guild
Vintage Sterling Silver
and Turquoise Collar

N697 - $325 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

vintage sterling silver and turquoise collar by Navajo artisan Ray King

vintage sterling silver and turquoise collar by Navajo artisan Ray King

vintage sterling silver and turquoise collar by Navajo artisan Ray King

 

Navajo Arts and Crafts Guild

In 1941 the Navajo Council created the Navajo Arts and Crafts Guild with the horned moon as their logo. It was organized in Ft. Wingate, New Mexico and started as a co-op in Pine Springs, Arizona in 1942.

The NACG was formed under the auspices of the Navajo Tribal authority to help young Navajo silversmiths learn from the masters and thus to maintain the quality of classic Navajo silverwork into succeeding generations. The Guild's standards were exacting and their instructors were among the most accomplished Navajo jewelers of the era, including Ambrose Roanhorse, Chester Yellowhair, Fred Peshlaki and Kenneth Begay.

The individual makers could not sign Guild pieces, they could only be marked with the Horned Moon logo of the NACG and the word "NAVAJO". The best of Navajo Guild silverwork is some of the finest Navajo jewelry of the 20th century and is highly desirable. It is generally characterized by its classic technique, clean and elegant lines, restrained use of stampwork and only occasional use of stones.

In the 1944 book, The Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths, John Adair writes, “The type of silverware that the guild promotes is [?] a revival of the old simple types of jewelry, without sets for the most part. Emphasis is placed on cast work. The guild also handles vegetable-dyed rugs and some aniline-dyed rugs of similar pattern and excellent workmanship.”

ABOUT TURQUOISE

Turquoise is associated with the sky, and bringing sky energy to earth. It is known as a master healer stone as it is believed to help speed the healing process. It is also thought that turquoise can help promote honest and clear communication from the heart.
Turquoise comes in all shades of blue, to blue-green and it is the natural variations in turquoise that make it appealing. The color of turquoise in American Indian jewelry ranges from brownish green to bright blue. Found in veins sandwiched in between layers of mother rock, turquoise can show some of the influence of the mother rock in its matrix or veining. The matrix colors range from blue to golden brown to black and sometimes with golden flecks. Many people prefer turquoise with matrix over clear stones. Read more about stones.

About Silver

100% solid silver won't tarnish but it is too soft to use for making jewelry - it could easily be scratched, dented and bent. Sterling silver has a small amount of one or more other metals usually copper, added to the silver. To be called sterling silver, the alloy must contain at least 92.5% pure silver. Sterling silver alloy is harder than pure silver but the added metals also can cause discoloration or tarnish.

Read more about silver.

NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.
Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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Patina
A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.

Our Rescue Mission
of
Native American Indian Jewelry and Artifacts

Native American Jewelry blog tips and informationWe are in the vintage Native American jewelry rescue business and are passionate about finding new homes for used and vintage jewelry and artifacts. That's why we purchase Native American pieces from estates, inheritances, collection downsizing and New Old Stock (NOS) inventory from closed stores.

Often people contact us after taking a box of Native American jewelry to their local pawn shop and find that a pawn shop is mainly interested in melt value of the metals and not in preserving the beautiful historic pieces. To hear that people have considered selling these treasures for melt value makes us truly sad.

Melt value is usually far below what we would offer for the jewelry. Yet we can't pay retail price for items because of the time and cost involved in finding new homes for them. We have to research, often repair and restore the jewelry, photograph and list each item on our website, and sometimes hold pieces in inventory for years until the right buyer comes along.

We hope you'll find something special in our vintage shop that will complete yet another circle of our jewelry re-homing mission.

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