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R&J Calavaza, Zuni - Sterling Silver
Turquoise Snake Ring

HK Item #VR384

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Authentic Native American Sterling Silver snake ring with turquoise and coral by Zuni artisans Randy and Joy Calavaza

size
8 1/4
5/8" tall at front
materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
turquoise, coral, Read about stones
hallmark
stamped: R&JC ZUNI
EFFIE C ZUNI 
artist
Randy and Joy Calavaza
(Randy is the son of Effie Calavaza; Joy is Randy's wife; they use Effie's hallmark as well as their own)
condition
vintage, pre-owned - stones firmly set with no cracks or chips; even bright patina

About Native American authenticity.

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver snake ring with turquoise and coral by Zuni artisans Randy and Joy Calavaza

 

We leave the natural patina on our pawn jewelry because many of our customers like the "vintage" appearance. If you'd like to clean up your silver jewelry, new or old, check out our silver cleaning and polishing cloth.

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R&J Calavaza, Zuni
Sterling Silver
Turquoise Snake Ring

Size 8 1/4 - VR384 - $95 
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

 

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver snake ring with turquoise and coral by Zuni artisans Randy and Joy Calavaza

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver snake ring with turquoise and coral by Zuni artisans Randy and Joy Calavaza

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver snake ring with turquoise and coral by Zuni artisans Randy and Joy Calavaza

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About Effie Calavaza

Zuni artist Effie Calavaza (1928 - 2019), from Zuni, New Mexico, is famous for her snake designs. She typically used turquoise, coral and sometimes opal in her jewelry. She learned silversmithing from her husband Juan Calavaza, who was taught by Dan Simplicio. Effie began making her own designs in 1956. Her pieces are prized and collected throughout the world. New pieces using Effie's patterns are made by her son, Randy Calavaza and his wife, Amelia (Joy) Calavaza and by her grandson Gilbert Calavaza.

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 Red Coral

Red Coral is the common name given to Corallium Rubrum and several related species of marine coral. Red coral is a collection of hundreds of tiny animals living together in a colonies that resemble small leafless bushes growing on dark, rocky seabottom. The coral skeleton is composed hard calcium carbonate, colored in shades of red from pale pink to deep red. It can be semi-translucent to opaque. It is naturally matte, but can be polished to a glassy shine. Red coral is frequently dyed to enhance color and it can also be impregnated with resins or epoxies to fill surface fissures and flaws.

Coral jewelry has been found in ancient Egyptian and prehistoric European burials. The Romans believed coral could protect children from harm, as well as cure bites from snakes and scorpions and diagnose diseases by changing colour. Read more . . .

Indian Snake Symbolism

For some Native American tribes the snake represents abundant rainfall and fertility and is depicted as as lightning or a lightning arrow. Some tribes use the snake as a healing image or for swiftness in battle. The snake does not symbolize anything negative or treacherous. Snakes are rarely used in Navajo jewelry but they are often seen in Zuni jewelry.

We here in Colorado live with snakes - they are part of the landscape and ecosystem. Since our climate is semi-arid, we welcome the abundant rainfall the snake might bring.

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.
Why isn't this item called Native American?

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.

Read about authenticity of Native American Indian jewelry.

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.

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