Paula says - "In my opinion, this ring shows all the design characteristics and workmanship of being Native American made. But because there is no hallmark that we can attribute to a specific artist we can't legally sell it as Native American made - read more."
About Paua Shell
Paua is the most colorful
type of abalone and is found only in the waters of New Zealand. Its color variations
include greens and pinks, purples and blues, gold and crimson. Paua shell is iridescent
- the color changes when viewed at different angles - like Mother of Pearl shell
but more brilliant. The striking colors are from light being refracted within
the crystal layers, much like the iridescence found in opals. Paua shell was traditionally
used by Maori for the eyes of their carvings and is regarded by New Zealanders
past and present as a taonga or treasure.
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.
About Native American Rings
Southwest Native American rings can be made from many materials but usually are sterling silver alone or embellished with Paua Shell, coral, jet, mother of pearl, petrified wood, abalone, lapis lazuli, jasper, gaspeite, malachite, spiny oyster, tiger eye, white buffalo stone, Paua Shell, opal, bear claws and much more.
The styles of Southwest Native American rings are many and varied including bands, single stone, , cigar band, pictorial , cobblestone, corn row and mosaic , storyteller, sandcast and tufa cast, cluster, petit point, needlepoint, snake eye, overlay, feather, leaf, channel inlay and others.
NavajoNavajo rings are typically a sterling silver band, often heavy and/or elaborate. The band can be silver only or have stones that are set with various types of bezels. For more information on bezels, read my article Types of Bezels. If a Navajo ring is inlaid, the pieces are usually separated by silver channels.
Zuni rings are usually either stone-on-stone inlay (no silver channels in between the pieces), snake rings, snake eye, petit point or needlepoint.
Hopi rings are most often sterling silver overlays with contrasting (oxidized) and textured backgrounds.
Read more in my blog post: Southwest Native American Rings
The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many vintage items, even if they are authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.
LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
|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.|
|30 years or older.|
|New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.|
|An item that has been used.|