During WWII, the US government conscripted all mineral bearing mines. That meant no more turquoise for Native American jewelry. But the Navajo, an inventive lot, simply looked around their properties and found Petrified Wood, a perfect substitute for turquoise. Even better, by this time the Natives had access to grinders and buffers, so spawned a lapidary industry in the Southwest. A tradition that lasts to this day. Indians are great lapidarists AND great silversmiths!
This ring is a Navajo item, produced during those tumultuous years and in fine condition for its age.
Great condition, can be sized to fit, small fee.
Family heirloom quality, already Seventy years old!
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