I have a turquoise pendant that I was wondering what it might be worth and who the designer might be. There is no hallmark that I can find; as you can see there’s a pretty large crack in the stone. Jay
We don’t do appraisals from photos. We only do appraisals if someone sends items to us that they want to sell.
What I can tell you about this item is this:
Although it was once a pretty pendant, I doubt that it was Native American made as it doesn’t have any characteristics that I am familiar with and has several characteristics that are not Native American.
925 indicates that the metal portion is sterling silver.
I have no idea what the smaller gemstones are – addition of such stones, whether real or imitation, is not characteristic of Native American silversmiths. If you think the item did have value at one time, you might want to take it to a jeweler to have the stones tested.
The crack in the turquoise depreciates the value of the item to about 10% of its undamaged value. And whether that is real turquoise could only be determined on physical inspection.
We occasional get items like this is estate collections. Since the item can not be authenticated and is damaged, what we do is put them in with a group of other sterling silver items in our Bargain Barn as a lot.
I invite other readers to add their comments if they recognize something in the pendant that would be helpful to Jay.