Item #882E- Vintage Zuni Carved Turtle Fetish Sterling Silver Ring sz. 8 1/2

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Item #882E- Vintage Zuni Carved Turtle Fetish Sterling Silver Ring sz. 8 1/2

139.95
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Large vintage Zuni turquoise carved turtle fetish ring. The artist has carved a detailed liking to a turtle from a large turquoise nugget. Showing detail in the claws, mouth, and shell along with inlaid black jet for the eyes. The blue turquoise used sports brown matrix throughout the stone, possibly Kingman turquoise? The artist has set the turtle fetish into a tight lined sawtooth bezel and also tightly wrapped the fetch with twisted wire. Finishing the fetish ring by attaching a double half round wire band that’s soldered together across the bottom with a stick of twisted wire in the center.

The turtle measures 1 3/16” by 7/8” across and the whole ring weighs 9.9 grams. It’s a size 8 1/2 and has been hallmarked SW - STERLING - HANDCRAFTED. I believe it’s a Zuni carver, but couldn’t find any reference for SW in any of my hallmark books. Being Zuni it would most likely be from a Weahkee or Weekoty family member though. I’d also place the ring pre-70’s era, possibly 50’s era. Very nicely made and carved turtle fetish collector’s ring! $139.95