I bought this from an older native american man (75-80ish) wearing a Vietnam veterans cap who had set up a very small table on the outskirts of the Santa Fe market on Saturday 08-24-19. The table was literally the size you would eat a TV dinner off of, with about a dozen items. He told me that he did make each item so I’m pretty sure they’re Native American made. I feel good about the turquoise and spiny oyster jakla, not so sure about the coral, although it does click against my teeth like glass same as the turquoise does. It feels much lighter in weight on the coral end of the necklace. So I’m just looking for any input anyone might have as to weather the coral is real or not. The pictures suck I know, some with and some without flash.
Never mind… Hot needle test says its plastic/resin. Both the coral and the turquoise smell of burnt plastic. The spiny oyster seems to be real. The big bead is heavy and non-magnetic. I’m not sure how to tell if it’s silver or not. I need to buy a test kit!!
I guess I don’t mind terribly, the guy looked like he could use some help.
Question, knowing it’s not real, would it be in the $40 to $50 range or would it be substantially less?