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I have 2 rings that I got as gifts a long time ago. They are both turquoise silver rings and I think that they are Navajo made. I also have a pair of earrings that I think are also Navajo made. I have been doing research online and haven't been able to pin point them yet. Then I found this site and hope that you can help me. I do not plan to sell them, but want to keep them. I love them. Yet I truly want to know more about them, if you can help. Thanks for any help and pointers you can give me.

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Yes, the earrings are Navajo made, from the Gallup New Mexico area and were probably made by a member of the Johnson family of silversmiths. The stone is Variscite and the style of the work dates them to late 1970s through mid 1980s. The large, Platero-style ring is very reminiscent of the work of at least one member of the Boyd family and the older generations of the Skeets family or Reeves family.  The ring is set with Sleeping Beauty turquoise from near Globe, AZ and may date tot he late 1960s, but is probably more recent. Very fine work. Hope this helps

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Richard Sutton


As a direct reservation trader in all aspects of American Indian arts since 1985, I've answered questions regarding cultural property issues, origins of traditional crafts, materials and techniques, collecting, authenticity, symbols and, of course, repairs! We have operated a retail gallery since that time, bricks and mortar until 2007 and online since 1996. Our online operation closed in 2/2015, to allow me to finally write full-time. My writing site can be found at I'll be adding a book or two from our trader experiences under the pen name of W.T. Durand and the rest of my fiction is under my own name. We are not "New Age" practitioners of adopted American Indian religious ceremonies or combined philosophies. If you are seeking such knowledge for spiritual reasons, we will only provide answers that address factual information on these subjects. Unless one is raised in a traditional, American Indian family with language, culture and religious belief intact, we don't believe that simply applying the trappings or cultural property of a given traditional group will give a non-Indian (Native if you prefer)any insight other than the academic.


My primary focus is on Southwester American Indian Nations and their people, but I also have experience in Plains and Northeastern traditions, having engaged in active trade and retail since 1985 and study for most of my life. I am not claiming any expertise at all in the work, techniques, lifeways or crafts that are made by the Native People of Mexico. They are not the same, either linguistically or culturally but certainly their crafts deserve discussion and appraisal by those who are able to provide real information.

I was a guest on Fox Network "Lifestyles" program, during the 1990s, to discuss how to tell forgeries, and authenticating jewelry as Native American work. I have also written extensively for our website, and our Ebay Store.

UofO, 1970 active in the Authentic American Indian Arts business and direct Trader since 1985. Graphic Designer and published novelist.

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