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c1920 Arte Nueva Malachite Ring from Major Collection

c1920 Arte Nueva Malachite Ring from Major Collection

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Directory: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Native American: Pre 1920: Item # 117212
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This exciting ring from the collection of Fred Rezazadeh (distinguished author of "The Collectible Silver Jewelry Book" and "Costume Jewelry: A Practical Handbook & Value Guide") is a splendid example of Arte Nueva - an ethnic spin on classic Art Nouveau design. Note the swirling lines of these stylized feather-like leaves. Arts & Crafts influence is also evident, both in the fine quality of hand-workmanship and the choice of a green cabochon stone. And what a gorgeous chunk of malachite it is.

The ring's creator was almost certainly a Native American or Mexican artisan working in the very early 20th century. Since people were a lot more casual about markings then, the piece isn't signed, nor is there a hallmark to indicate the grade of the metal. Silver content is high, I believe based on the age patina present. We haven't cleaned the ring, leaving to its next owner the decision on how far to go with polishing. Currently a 6, it could be easily resized up or down, since the shank isn't ornamented. The face, as you see, is so large it completely covers my lower knuckle.

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