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I was researching the web for information about a Navajo pendant I purchased when I came upon your site.  Apparently someone found a similar OR the same pieceI am inquiring about.  The pendant has a hang tag attached saying PVO NAVAJO. One side is Turquoise and the other side is natural red coral.

Can you determine the artist and possibly the type of turquoise.

I would greatly appreciate any help with this!!

Kerry

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The initials PVO aren't ones I've come across before, but the style/design of the silver work and the way the stone is done in a nugget style is very similar to work from the Ganado, AZ area from the mid to late 1960s, when the nugget style stone setting was most popular. The stone seems to be from the Battle Mountain, Nevada area, possibly Valley Blue or Lander. Sorry I couldn't give you more info. It's a really distinctive piece.  

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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 www.sailletales.com 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.

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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.

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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, www.kivatrading.com and our Ebay Store.

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

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