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A large, vintage Navajo silver ring set with a rare Lone Mountain, or Nevada Blue, spiderweb turquoise stone, c. 1940’s-50’s



We are having a running debate with ourselves about the fabulous turquoise stone in this wonderful ring.

We can’t decide whether it’s rare Lone Mountain, Nevada spiderweb or the equally rare and equally famous Nevada Blue spiderweb turquoise. The knowledgable Indian Trader from whom we acquired the ring insists that it’s Lone Mountain, we ourselves go back and forth. Either way, it’s a completely stunning stone with a gorgeous fine, almost dendrite-like spiderweb matrix.


The rectangular-shaped stone itself measures approximately 3/4” in height and 1/2” in width and it is perfectly set into a very finely-serrated silver bezel. And, what a completely fitting stone and bezel to perfectly complement such a spectacular and most beautifully-crafted silver setting. The setting is on quite a sizable scale, measuring 2” in height and 1 1/4” in width and features a four-part “Ketoh" style design layout with gorgeous file and chisel work. At an earlier point in its life, this piece was likely something other than a ring, it might have been a bolo slide or possibly a pin. There are several old solder marks visible on the back of the ring face and it is very slightly domed in shape which leads us to be believe that it was converted to a ring but, if so, that this work was done quite a while ago as can be witnessed by the old-style, hand-wrought, ingot-silver split-chiseled ring shank.


The ring measures a size 8 on a professional, graduated ring sizer and weighs a substantial, yet very comfortable 29 grams or 1 ounce. The ring is in generally excellent condition, there is an old, well-healed crack in the spiderweb turquoise stone.


This is a real historic Southwest jewelry connoisseur’s piece-a spectacular silver ring with an equally spectacular turquoise stone. It makes quite the powerful statement!



Price $1,350


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Close-up view of typical Lone Mountain Mine, Nevada spiderweb turquoise.

Close-up view of typical “Nevada Blue”, Nevada spiderweb turquoise.

Close-up view of the spiderweb turquoise stone in this ring.