Possible maisel's ladies turquoise ring needs more evaluation and a possible appraisal

Very proud to have your site on my favorites, so informative and helpful. Thanks to Big Dog Ladies comments in “info category” on a ring that may be from Maisels expert craftsmanship during the Fred Harvey period. It is marked ‘WM STER’. I found an practically identical vintage ring with the Bell Trading Post logo without the delicate details (or beautiful turquoise) of the one I have. I was hoping to get an evaluation and an appraisal of my ring (also with type of turquoise with the misty cloudiness noticeable under magnification, if possible). Thank you for any info.

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Hi Jim, gorgeous ring. It does look like a trading post piece to me, though I’m hardly an expert, at least not when it comes to Native American jewelry, (having collected vintage costume jewelry for some years, I can say I’m sort of a self educated semi-expert in that area). :slight_smile:

I recently got an online appraisal of a NA cuff bracelet I’ve had for some years with similar looking turquoise to yours, (pale blue and cloudy), and was told it could be Cerrillos turquoise, (which surprised me a bit, as all the Cerrillos turquoise I’ve seen in photos online seems to be a flat green color, but that’s what the expert said). I’m not sure if the same is true of your ring or not, though; hopefully Jason or someone with expert knowledge will have an opinion on this.

Best wishes,

Thank you BDL, that stone needs to be in a mans ring! It does resemble other trade post rings but with a bit higher degree of detail (the cut outs on the sides, the cut lines on the band of three prongs). I’ll look into the Cerrillos side also. Regards,

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LOL, Jim! If you only knew how many times I say that, usually whenever I see a large gorgeous stone in a ring that’s far too big band-wise for me to wear, (I love large stones and big heavy rings and wear a size 4, so it’s hard to find rings to wear that appeal to my sense of style). :slight_smile:

Here’s a pic of the cuff bracelet I had appraised online, so you can see what the blue Cerrillos stones (according to the appraiser) look like. I just love this one. :slight_smile:

Good luck with your search.

Best wishes,


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Thanks for the pics. Took a while to get back to this great site and wonderful people. I see what you’re saying with the cloudiness. Maybe Jason can shed some light on the stone and ring with an expert evaluation and hopeful appraisal. Jim

Finally found Maker and approx. value with details posted in the Identifying section under “any info on maker or stone”?. It is made by the Wheeler Manufacturing Co. of Lemmon, SD. It’s value (compared to same as others) is $50- $65. Hope Jason might agree with that!