Vintage turquoise & sterling silver ring w/ oval ball setting.
In the early 20th century, railroads connected the East coast to the Western plains and deserts for the first time. Fred Harvey set up a chain of hotels along railroad stops through the Southwest and Native American lands. These hotels had gift shops that sold items made by local artists, especially Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Pueblo craftspeople. The jewelry that was produced for these shops displayed a fusion of traditional styles and European techniques like stamping. The result was popular with the tourists and Native Americans and is recognizable today as the quintessential jewelry associated with the Southwest.
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