I recently received a beautiful inlay ring as a gift from my step mother. It was purchased on the southern rim of the Grand Canyon. It is approximately 1 inch, silver with a tri-color inlay; possibly jet, turquoise and mother of pearl. Aside from the “L” mark on the back, there are no other identifying markings. Would you be able to tell if it was a Zuni or Navajo piece? Or perhaps tell me more about it?
It is hard to tell from the photos but it seems there is sterling silver channel in-between the inlay pieces of jet, turquoise and mother of pearl. This usually, but not always, signifies Navajo work. Zuni inlay is usually stone on stone. That is a generalization but holds true in 90% of the cases.
As far as the L, I don’t see it in your photo, but even so, the L hallmark is used by several artists.
So there, I’m not much help, am I?
Perhaps another reader of the blog might recognize the work or hallmark.