This item was found amongst my late mother-in-law’s jewelry.
She was from the Isleta Pueblo here in NM. She owned a lot of turquoise jewelry, but none of it was good quality, which was disappointing.
I have no idea where she would have gotten this thing, perhaps from a family member, who knows.
She once said her sister used to make jewelry outside on a tree stump.
I don’t think this piece is very old. 1960s-80s? Based on the more modern typeface on the thin cardboard pieces used to raise the stone. It looks like it was never out of the bezel, till I removed it just now.
I took it apart to see if there were any clues under the stone. It looks like it has been stabilized, as I scraped off a few epoxy blobs, and part of the underside is weirdly shiny.
The stone’s color is a muted green, not that rich forest green color I usually see in high quality Cerrillos turquoise. And the matrix is rust colored.
If not Cerrillos, then what else could it be? Royston?
It seems to be rather soft, as I can polish it easily.
I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this!