Unmarked little pendant

I found this today at a pawn shop. It has no mark whatsoever, although I’m positive that it’s sterling 925. I’m less sure about the turquoise though. I’m still a total beginner with turquoise and can’t actually tell what’s what.

I had another ring I thought for sure was fake, and it turned out to be real. So I just can’t tell.

I’d love to hear your opinions about this little one.
I’m guessing that it’s not a very valuable little pendant, especially since it looks like someone polished the back so much that there’s no visible signature or anything.

But I’m very curious about the hollow space surrounding the turquoise stone. I wonder if it was made this way, or if someone has dug out and removed something that used to be there.

There doesn’t appear to be any little scratches or anything like I would expect to see if someone removed something. Just an empty space. It’s strange. What do you think?

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Also, I wonder if someone here could tell me about the little silver beads, they don’t have any visible 925 mark, but they’re not magnetic either. They seem like they might be sterling.

Do any of you know of a reputable Native American artist who sells beads like this? Maybe the necklace would look nicer with more beads.

The style with the hollow space around the stone is called shadow box. If you google it you will find many pieces similar to your pendant. As for the turquoise, it looks real to me, but I am no turquoise expert. Just a beginner myself.


Thank you. I appreciate your input.

Do the holes in the beads look uniform? This will help to determine if they are hand made or purchased. How thick are they?

Here is an easy, tentative test for sterling. Take a ring, or something else, you know is sterling. Rub it, then smell your fingers. Sterling has a distinctive smell.
Wash/dry your hands. Then do the same with this piece.

I use this method often. Have seen some pieces marked sterling that were not.

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Thank you. I wouldn’t have thought the beads were handmade, but they’re not exactly uniform in size either. They have me convinced they’re sterling even without a mark though. I’ll try to get a better picture of them.

I wonder why someone would purposely rub off any marks? That seems so strange to me.