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
In two separate estate lots, we received two unique Larry Castillo bracelets.
Larry Castillo Inlay Bracelet
Larry Castillo Bracelet
Both of them are made in what I have heard is a “Tadpole” design. That refers to the shape of the bracelet.
A tadpole is the tailed aquatic larva of an amphibian (frog, toad, newt, or salamander) in the stage where the legs haven’t developed yet.
A wonderful feature of the tadpole design is that the curve fits around the prominent wrist bone so is very comfortable to wear.
Tadpole bracelet fit
Larry Castillo is one of the top contemporary Navajo inlay artists – his designs are a combination of traditional and abstract elements. Other than that, I do not know much about him. If anyone has any other biographical information on Larry Castillo, I would appreciate knowing it.
Chief Juan Yellowhorse is from the Towering House People Clan “Ki yaa’ áanii”, from Wide Ruins Arizona. Chief Yellowhorse owned and operated “CHIEF YELLOWHORSE TRADING POST” from 1960 until his death in 1999. The store is located on Route 66 at the Arizona-New Mexico border and is still managed by the Yellowhorse Family.
Jacob Poleviyouma, Jr. was of the Hopi Sun Clan in the Shungopavi-Hotevilla Pueblo. He learned his craft at the Hopi Silvercraft Cooperative Guild in Second Mesa, Arizona and produced jewelry from 1976 until his death in 1986.
Hallmark of Hopi Jacob Poleviyouma, Jr.
Hopi Silvercraft Guild
The Hopi Silvercraft Guild was formed in 1949 by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board and the Hopi Government Agency. For twenty years, the Guild provided classes, a central workshop and a stable marketing outlet for Hopi made items.