Peridot is a transparent green variety of the mineral olivine that is used as a popular gemstone. It is the birthstone for August and its use in jewelry dates back to the Egyptian pharaohs. It ranges in color from yellowish green to dark lime green. It is found throughout the world but the largest known deposit of gem quality stones is in the United States on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. Peridot is both a day stone and a night stone, keeping its shining color even under artificial lighting. For this reason, it is sometimes called “Evening Emerald”. Although Peridot can be pronounced both with and without the “t” at the end, most professionals in the gem trade pronounce the “t”.
This ring is marked WC – if anyone knows the maker, please let me know ! Thanks Paula
Can I wear this ring to do dishes and shower with out worry
No, you would have to worry big time. Inlay items are made of many small pieces of stone and shell that are affixed to a backing and to each other. Getting inlay wet such as in a dishpan or shower would allow water to get under the inlay and loosen it. It is NOT a good idea.
Inlay, properly cared for, will last decades as shown by the many wonderful pawn and estate lot pieces we receive. But any inlay, old or new, should be treated with respect and common sense.
Hello Paula! First I would like to say I really love your site, I come to it often for info! I have obtained this nice ring I believe is Hopi overlay. My question is what is it? I don’t think it is corn, but is obviously a plant. I can’t find this symbol in order to identify it. Also, it is hallmarked “YZR” which does show in my photo. I’m trying to identify the maker. Thanks in advance for any info you can provide!
As far as the hallmark, I don’t know for sure so I thought I’d post the ring so others could suggest possibilities. I’ve seen some similar items by the Navajo family with the last name Clark but I’d be guessing. Maybe someone else recognizes the hallmark and work definitively.
Could you let me know if you know the artist and if you sell on consignment?
That is a nice vintage claw ring you have. The signature made on the back with an inscriber or and “electric pencil” as the Native American artists call it……….looks like Michael M which could be quite a few artists. Hallmark stamps are usually more definitive but I can’t really say for sure who made the claw ring – but nice turquoise !!
As far as consignment, let me take this opportunity to define that.
Consignment is when the owner of an item places it with a seller hoping that the seller can market the item and then send the owner a portion of the proceeds. Oh my gosh, just thinking about all that paperwork and keeping track of this and that makes my head spin !!