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Rare & HUGE Bisbee Turquoise Silver Matrix Ring

Rare & HUGE Bisbee Turquoise Silver Matrix Ring

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Directory: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Native American: Pre 1950: Item # 475470
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 Sold; thank you! $280. 
High grade Bisbee turquoise is extremely rare and collectible now, because the legendary mine closed 30 years ago. It's widely regarded as the world's finest, due to its rich colors and unique matrix patterns, and called "The Tiffany of Turquoise."

This incredible ring is one of the splendid early designs made in the Southwest while Bisbee turquoise was still being mined. Obviously it's hand-crafted and the stone is all natural, not treated in any way, and full of matrix that's characteristically Bisbee. The monster-sized cab is more than an inch round and the gorgeously worked silver setting measures 1 1/2 inches wide and nearly 2 inches tall.

Amazingly, it's in mint condition, being from the estate of an Arizona collector who bought directly from Native American artisans and stored the jewels as investments. He was in the market for 60 years, so this could date as far back as the 1940s (and, based on the style, I wouldn't be surprised). From the same collection, we also have a whopping Zuni needlepoint ring, also of Bisbee blue, which was made around 1960. If you're interested in both these treasures, we can work out special pricing.

Thanks for looking!