The seller’s listing called this “Spiny Oyster.” Which is probably why I couldn’t stop thinking about it after looking at it, and went back and looked really hard at it, and decided I liked it enough to buy it.
It’s a substantial piece, heavy in the hand. It’s unmarked except for “STERLING” in capital letters.
Only part of it looks like the Navajo & Zuni jewelry that my mother was selling in the saddlery shop in the 1970s –
that’s the piece with the stones in it. Nothing in the shop had this bold, winglike design which looks like an optical illusion and reminds me of Art Deco architectural features. So what period is it from?
I know it’s not spiny oyster, I think it’s spiderweb, right? The matrix is black. Any guesses about the mine?
Did I pay about market value in the range of $250-$275, or did I overpay for my thrill of correcting a misidentification?