Raincloud Hallmark on Ring

Hello Paula,
I hope you can help me in identifying the artist of this vintage ring. The mark appears to be a rain cloud with a wing etched above it. Thank you for any help you may have.
Michelle

CIMG6947 CIMG6952 CIMG6954Hi Michelle,

You have an interesting ring, something  have not seen before – the use of a shell bird on the ring.

I don’t recognize the hallmark but I did do extensive research in all of my reference books and on the internet and have not found an answer for you. If you ever do find out who the hallmark belongs to, please let me know.

Paula
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2 thoughts on “Raincloud Hallmark on Ring

  1. My very creative & artistic (but not Native American) mother took silversmithing courses, circa 1975, at Arapaho Community College in Colorado. She made pieces similar to this, using fetish birds with a bezel. This isn’t hers, but this ring reminds me very much of hers, as it reflects “the spirit of the times”–the kind of designs that seemed quite fresh & innovative then. It’s possible her instructor gave her the idea, demonstrating how to bezel set an unusual shape (not easy).

    Your ring may not be Native American made but rather that of an artist like my mother, influenced by or paying homage to Native American design, which would not be unusual during that era. While there were also commercial enterprises trying to blatantly cash in on the popularity of Native American jewelry by selling cheap stuff made in Indonesia, there were also a lot of sincere smiths who just wanted to make pieces for themselves & friends. It may be impossible to track down the maker. My mother signed hers “VB”–and there is no way anyone would ever know who she is!

    Like Paula, I have never seen any others, outside of my mother’s, and as a gemologist & jewelry appraiser for over 30 years that is saying something. The black stone looks like it is genuine jet–do you agree, Paula?
    Cindy

    • Thank you Cindy for the excellent contribution. I do think the black stone is polished acoma jet, the bird orange spiny oyster shell and there is a nice turquoise stone. Your comments are a good reminder that when researching a piece to authenticate whether it is Native American made or not, unless one can absolutely identify a hallmark or personally knows an artist’s distinct style or has purchased the item directly or has written proof or some other reliable provenance, it really shouldn’t be called Native American made. Paula

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