Loading the content...
Navigation

No products in the cart.

GARY CUSTER NAVAJO TURQUOISE SAND CAST RING

Return to Previous Page
Description

Description

In the mid 1800s, Navajo silversmiths started to use sand casting as one of their silversmithing techniques.  Today, silversmiths still use this technique by carving a design in tufa stone (a porous limestone) and then placing another stone against it.  The two pieces are fastened together and molten silver is poured in.  Once it has cooled, the artist takes the piece out and finishes it.  Gary Custer created this beautiful ring in this manner.   This sterling silver and turquoise ring is a great representation of hand made Navajo jewelry.  Weighs 10 grams.  Size 8  1/2.  Signed

1/4″ wide (width of stone 3/8″)

The Navajos began working with silver in the 19th century, and began making things like buckles, bridles, buttons, rings, canteens, hollow beads, earrings, crescent-shaped pendants (called “najas”), bracelets, crosses, powder chargers, tobacco canteens, and conchos (for belts).  Their silversmithing skills has evolved and changed throughout the years, and in about 1880 Navajo silversmiths started to set turquoise in their silver work.  Traditionally, Navajo artists worked with jewelry techniques like repousee and stamp work, but today they explored in other Native American jewelry making techniques like Zuni inlay work and Hopi overlay work.

More Info

Additional information

Weight .5 lbs
Returns & Delivery

Returns and Exchanges

There are a few important things to keep in mind when returning a product you purchased.You can return unwanted items by post within 7 working days of receipt of your goods.

  • You have 14 calendar days to return an item from the date you received it. 
  • Only items that have been purchased directly from Us.
  • Please ensure that the item you are returning is repackaged with all elements.

Ship your item back to Us

Firstly Print and return this Returns Form to:

Po Box 33114
Santa Fe, NM 87594


Please remember to ensure that the item you are returning is repackaged with all elements.


For more information, view our full Returns and Exchanges information.

Related Products

Quick View

OWEN & LENORE CHEYKAYCHI SANTO DOMINGO/HOPI TURQUOISE SLAB EARRINGS

Besides their beautiful heishi jewelry, Santo Domingo artists are known for their slab stone earrings.  Slab earrings are hand-cut from rough rock, shaped, and polished.  There is little or no silver work, so the beauty...
$45.00 Add to cart
Quick View

NATIVE AMERICAN ZUNI INLAY BELT BUCKLE BY RICK & LUCY VACIT

Exquisite buckle that features turquoise, coral, jet, and mother of pearl shell inlaid in a sterling silver setting.  Hand made by Rick and Lucy Vacit from the Zuni Pueblo.  Sensational rug design.  High quality craftsmanship...
$300.00 Add to cart
Quick View

NATIVE AMERICAN TURQUOISE EARRINGS BY ROSS ANTONIO NAVAJO

Gorgeous earrings hand made out of sterling silver and turquoise.  Each stone is cut, polished, and then set into a bezel.  Hand made by Navajo silversmith Ross Antonio.  These fabulous earrings will become a versatile...
$144.00 Add to cart
Quick View

ANSON & LETITIA WALLACE TURQUOISE BRACELET ZUNI

This eye-catching bracelet showcases the remarkable skill of Zuni jewelers Anson and Letitia Wallace.  Five rows of vivid blue turquoise stones inlaid into a sterling silver setting.  The Wallace’s  unique style is recognizable and will be...
$360.00 Add to cart
Quick View

TURQUOISE SLAB EARRINGS BY LENORE & OWEN CHEYKAYCHI SANTO DOMINGO/HOPI

Besides their beautiful heishi jewelry, Santo Domingo artists are known for their slab stone earrings.  Slab earrings are hand-cut from rough rock, shaped, and polished.  There is little or no silver work, so the beauty...
$65.00 Add to cart
Quick View

HENNA LIMESTONE & SHELL EARRINGS BY NANCY AND SHELDON WESTIKA ZUNI

Zuni jewelry makers, Nancy and Sheldon Westika created  these exquisite earrings.  Made out of sterling silver and inlaid with Henna Limestone and Shell.  Zuni artists are known for their lapidary work.  The Westikas have been...
$60.00 Add to cart
Quick View

ZUNI INLAY EARRINGS BY ELDRED MARTINEZ NATIVE AMERICAN

Dazzling design that will make a statement.  Zuni jeweler Eldred Martinez created these extraordinary earrings.  A beautiful combination of turquoise, coral, and jet inlaid into a sterling silver setting.  Weighs 10 grams.  Signed 3/4” wide...
$140.00 Add to cart
Quick View

SYLVESTER BOONE ZUNI INLAY EARRINGS NATIVE AMERICAN JEWELRY

With gorgeous colors, these Zuni post dangle earrings are versatile and will compliment any outfit.  Sterling silver with jet, turquoise, coral, and mother of pearl shell inlay.  This inlay technique is a signature style of...
$145.00 Add to cart
Quick View

ZUNI SILVER & TURQUOISE RING BY NANCY & SHELDON WESTIKA

Zuni jewelry makers, Nancy and Sheldon Westika created  this gorgeous ring.  Made out of sterling silver and inlaid with natural turquoise.  Zuni artists are known for their lapidary work.  The Westikas have been making jewelry...
$135.00 Add to cart
Quick View

HELEN DINAE NAVAJO BEADED BARRETTE WITH FEATHERS

Navajo artist, Helen Dinae created this exquisite barrette.   Helen uses tiny seed beads to create her jewelry and backs it with soft leather.  Alluring starburst and feather pattern that is complimented by the great colors. ...
$69.00 Add to cart
Back to top