TURQUOISE 25.47 x 13.40 mm. A WELL BALANCED DESIGN BY NAVAJO SILVERSMITH ALFRED JOE. HIS HALLMARK IS ON THE BACK OF THE BUCKLE. THE BUCKLE IS STERLING SILVER BY NOT STAMPED STERLING.THE BUCKLE WILL ACCOMMODATE A 1 1/2 INCH WIDE BELT. And Pacific gem Coral name is Corllium Rubrum. There is an article in the Natural History magazine on Corllium Rubrum in the April 2009 issue by Georgios Tsounis.
It is well worth it if you can still find a copy of this issue to keep for information on this type of coral. It state after about 7 years, colonies are unbranched sticks less than an inch tall by a quarter inch in diameter.Also there are many areas that are restricted (no collecting) of this type of coral as the areas have been over harvested. THIS BUCKLE HAS BEEN IN MY PERSONAL COLLECTION SINCE THE MID TO LATE 1980's. IF YOU GO TO INDIAN NATIVE AMERICAN HALLMARKS UNDER THE LETTER A YOU WILL FIND. YOU CAN ALSO GOOGLE HIS NAME BY ALFRED JOE OR AL JOE AND READ ABOUT HIS FAMILY THEIR JEWELRY AND CRAFTS. TO POLISH OR NOT TO POLISH. THE FRONT SIDE HAS A VERY NICE PATINA. THE BACK SIDE IS A LITTLE DARK. I DECIDED NOT TO POLISH AND LET THAT UP TO THE NEW OWNER. IF YOU DO CLEAN DO NOT REMOVE THE DARK COLOR AROUND THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE OVAL AND THE INSIDE CENTER AROUND THE STONES. THIS IS MEANT TO BE THERE. DO NOT USE A LIQUID TARNISH REMOVER ON THE STONES AS THIS WILL REMOVE THE POLISH. JUST A SILVER POLISHING CLOTH ON THE RAISED AREAS ON THE FRONT AND WHAT EVER ELSE YOU LIKE TO USE ON THE BACK SIDE. TO SLOW DOWN OXIDATION ON SILVER PUT A PIECE OF CHALK BORD CHALK IN WITH THE SILVER ITEM.
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