I wasn’t sure where to post this, or even how to use this forum! I hope I am doing it properly.
I needed help deciding whether to purchase a piece, but I did it anyway, it is WAY beautiful and definitely quality craftmanship. No surprise, now I need help identifying the piece.
It is a beautiful Navajo made bear claw/squashblossom/turquoise sterling necklace. It is HUGE, weighs in at 453 grams. My jeweler estimates it to be from the late 1930s to early 1940s. It is hallmarked by the maker ED, with those initials being spelled out in broken dots. I know a picture is worth a 1000 words, and I am dying to show it to you, but I am not quite sure how?
My only hesitation was the turquoise, which my jeweler insists is completely natural but has pits, which he says is someting you want too see with a piece from that period. I don’t know about that, not having much experience with turquoise. From my research it looks similar to Stone Mountain turquoise. I finally decided that the silver alone was so quality handcrafted, I just HAD to have it. My jeweler estimates the value at $2000, and get this, the previous owner said he had it custom made right on the reservation (didn’t say WHICH one) for $10,000-which I don’t believe for a minute, but the value doesn’t matter because I have no intention of selling it. In fact, I fear it sparked a whole new collecting interest…
I would appreciate any help you can offer, especially on how to post photos.