Large Vintage Native American .925 Royston Turquoise Ring
June 30, 2010
This one of a kind ring has Santo Domingo art written all over it. A classic vintage design used by the Santo Domingo silversmith and it is a reason why collectors of Native American art love pieces like this. Large sterling silver rain drop beads accent the frame and highlight the Royston turquoise stone. I love finding older pieces like this that are not tarnished and wearable. This piece has polished to a fresh shimmering sterling silver and the design is one for the Native American jewelry collectors.
Royston, also known as Royal Blue, was discovered in 1902, 24 miles northwest of Tonopah. By 1915, over $5,000,000 worth of turquoise was removed from this mine, thought to be the largest producer of a single turquoise mine in America. The Royston mine was an example of a tunnel mine. The host rock, rhyolite, gives Royston its often gold-colored matrix. The Royston district of Nevada is home to three turquoise mines: Bunker Hill, Oscar Wehrend, and Royal Blue, all of which are now exhausted. Royston turquoise is known for its beautiful colors ranging from deep green to rich light blues set off by a heavy brown matrix. The hardest Royston was characterized by a crust of dark to light limonite.
Because Santo Domingo Pueblo is located near the ancient cerriollos turquoise mines, the village people have a distinguished history of making fine jewelry and heishi. The Santo Domingos are still great traders very much like their Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon ancestors. Many roadside stands with jewelry, pottery and silverwork for sale can be found during a visit to the pueblo. Visitors are welcome to the pueblo, however, the Santo Domingo people are vary adamant about preserving their traditional ways. A cultural center and small museum provide opportunities for visitors to learn more about the pueblo where close to 3400 people live. There is no admission fee, but donations are appreciated. The pueblo also has a small museum and a gas station of the Santo Domingo exit on I-25 between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The pueblo is located 25 miles south of Santa Fe.
This piece is stamped with the artists hallmark stamp of “BC” and “Sterling”.
This ring measures a size 10 ½. The frame measures 1.50 inches from top to bottom and 1 inch side to side. The stone measures 1.20 inches from top to bottom and .60 inches from side to side.
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