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Mohave Turquoise and Gaspeite Ring
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Mohave Turquoise and Gaspeite Silver Ring
Mohave Turquoise and G  
I recently purchased this ring and would like to know more about it especially with regards to age and maker.  Any insight would be much appreciated.

The style and the stones used make it fairly easy to date the work. Since I am unable to actually see the hallmark in the supplied image, since it is less that an inch tall, I can't really say who made it, but I can tell you that Gaspeite, also known as "Mohave Turquoise" and Sugalite are both stones that are not native to this country. Most of the importing took place beginning in the 1980s and the styling of the ring shows a popular "Southwestern" or "Santa Fe" style which was typical of rings produced in the late 1980s and 1990s, or even later. The past 7 years has seen a decline in the quality and quantity of Sugalite available, so I would put your ring into the middle of the period. 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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