Can You Identify the Stones in This Vintage Navajo Ring?

by Richard Klimesh.
(Colorado)

Can You Identify the Stones in This Vintage Navajo Ring?  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Navajo ring with olive color stones.

The ring came into our store with a lot of Native American jewelry from an estate sale.

It has characteristics of being Navajo made.

We are not sure what the olive colored stones are but think they could be either turquoise or Jasper.

Can You Identify the Stones in This Vintage Navajo Ring?  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Vintage ring in hand to show scale.

The honeycomb matrix leads me more toward jasper.

Any opinions would be welcome.

Thank you.

Richard Klimesh
Horsekeeping on Facebook

FREE - Get 7 Super Jewelry Making Hacks

Get Rena's 7 Super Jewelry Making Hacks, plus the Jewelry Making Journal Newsletter - all for FREE.

We Respect Your Email Privacy

  • Andrea Blinn says:

    I believe this is what is considered yellow/green turquoise

  • D R says:

    Looks like picture jasper

  • Beccye says:

    I think it is turquoise

  • Catherine says:

    Am pretty sure it’s turquoise from a Nevada mine. Have seen gemstones similar to that in Native American jewelry in Santa Fe and elsewhere identified as turquoise. The Damele mine produces turquoise with a wide range of colors, some of which is a pale olive green with matrix.

  • Phyllis says:

    If it isn’t turquoise it might be variscite – maybe.

  • claudia says:

    I have seen Jasper that has similar characteristics. But I can’t say for sure.

  • Jody says:

    I did a little research it looks like possibly laguna lace agate

  • Nora says:

    I am not an expert but It could be serpentine.

  • Thanks, Catherine. A friend who has been making turquoise jewelry for decades concurs that it is indeed Damele turquoise.

  • Chris H says:

    Aged gaspeite (sp)?

  • Catherine says:

    Glad to be of help and glad the turquoise has been identified. The ring is an exquisite piece!

  • Carol says:

    Thanks, Catherine! I was pretty certain that it was Turquoise but I had forgotten the name of the mine! Gorgeous stuff but impossible to find! Good eye!
    What a stunning piece! Rarely see this quality Turquoise! What a find!

  • It could be agate. Many Southwest and Mexican artist use it.

  • Rosa says:

    What a gorgeous design! I don’t think it is turquoise. The “cracks” are really strange. The closest I could find is coloured Dragon Veins Agate, but the veins are more smooth. Some ancient tribes putt gemstones through a mill to reshape it into jewelry. Could this be it?

  • >