These were in a box of “pieces and parts” I purchased on Ebay around 2003. The box contained a mix of older Native American jewelry and some broken items.
Teardrop setting is ¾” long.
Posts are marked Sterling. Teardrop settings are not marked, but appear to be neither sterling or nickel silver.
I have always been curious about them.
Accurate color in these photos.
They look like early snake eye earrings. I would test for lower grade silver.
Thanks. The turquoise settings appear to be silver. The teardrops do not have the appearance, smell or look of silver. They are not tarnished, either.
The turquoise appears to not be stabilized. It reminds me of a Sleeping Beauty ring I have that has the natural darkening/green tint. A friend made that in the 1980’s, so I know where it came from.
I think these are absolutely beautiful. They have the feel of the earrings my mom bought in Santa Fe in the 40’s. I had hers converted cause the screw backs hurt my ears…and I had a really hard time getting them on.
I have kept them as is. But, love them.
Silver has no odor, so am I assuming you meant it just doesn’t feel like silver? Cute earrings. Any idea of the turquoise. Maybe Cerrillos? I love the old, dark green cerrillos turquoise, especially with some brown matrix.
these look like the stones you see in early Bell-type “Harvey-era” jewelry, with that grainy sort of texture. I believe it is synthetic or composite.
uh,the pair I snagged awhile back[$15?) were old,real & w/good stones but I knew I wouldn’t wear em so I straitened the U shape & snipped off the settings. now they’re dangles added to another pair.
Yep, synthetic not turquoise. This type shows up in those machine-made round-stone row bracelets
In person, it does appear to be real turquoise, just a little worn from age. This is what happened to some rings I purchased new long ago that were made from unstabalized Turquoise.
I did what testing I could and nothing indicated anything other than stone.
Ahhh a fellow silver sniffer, Lol I thought I was the only one that did that! Some of my older silver pieces have a very distinctive smell.
I have seen this design several times. I agree it’s a Fred Harvey type design.