This is one of the prettiest old turquoise rings I've ever seen and, having lived in New Mexico for many years, I've seen a lot of them. At 3/4" tall and 1/2" wide, the ring's face just about covers a knuckle, but it doesn't feel heavy and cumbersome, and its shape attractively elongates the finger, since part of the face rests below it. Adding more feminine flattery are the graceful curves of its fan shape, formed by four turquoise teardrops in silver bezels, and the daintiness of the shank.
Such a narrow band is, of course, subject to developing a bit of waviness over time. Any good jeweler can quickly smooth that out if it bothers you, but I enjoy it as evidence of age. Also attesting to age are the greening of the stones and the rich, dark patina among them. The lack of markings is also significant. I gave the back and shank a light polish to search for marks and found none. That the ring is Native American and crafted from silver, probably sterling grade, can't reasonably be argued, so the absence of hallmarks strongly suggests it was made no later than the 1960s. (The stamp that now guarantees Native American craftsmanship was introduced early in the 1970s.) The ring may be even older, because silver quality marks have been customarily used since the 1930s.
Size is now in the US 5.5 to 6 range, easily altered up or down, and provenance is a Pennsylvania estate.
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