Vintage Navajo crafted "Sand-cast" ring with turquoise accent circa 1960's / 1970's

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Vintage Navajo crafted "Sand-cast" ring with turquoise accent circa 1960's / 1970's

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Vintage Navajo crafted "Sand-cast" ring with turquoise accent circa 1960's / 1970's

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Vintage Navajo crafted "Sand-cast" ring with turquoise accent circa 1960's / 1970's

A lovely vintage "sand-cast" ring with a single turquoise center stone that is a distant relative of the first jewelry made by modern Navajo.

Sand-casting as a jewelry-making technique was used by the Pueblo peoples and the neighboring Navajo of the Southwest and date back to the mid-seventeenth century. Silver-smith techniques were brought to the New World by the Spanish and were taught to the North American Native peoples as a trade. Often the Spanish would give the Navajo artwork designs to craft in silver which eventually led to southwestern jewelry we know today.

This sand-cast ring was hand crafted in the 1960's / 1970's and is an excellent example of techniques learned long ago.

The ring measures 1 1/2" long and 1" wide and is a size 6 1/4 but can be professionally re-sized.