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    Posted 2 years ago

    jenre
    (20 items)

    Not sure why my images are not upright. Sorry.

    A friend's mother gave me this pendant years ago. I've always loved it, but never had the right chain for it. Now I've had a jump ring and bail added to it, and I put it on a victorian rolo link chain. It's fabulous!

    My question to you, dear readers, is what stone is in this pendant, agate or jasper maybe? Also do you think this is native american? I originally thought it was probably from India, but I've been told more likely native american.

    Thanks, Jenny

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    1. jenre jenre, 2 years ago
      keramikos, interesting observation that the inscription might have been wiped! That never occurred to me.

      I think that's why I thought it was South Asian, no markings at all... but I've held onto this piece for over 10 years and it's clearly sterling. I just love it and I'm so happy with myself for pairing it with the awesome Victorian era chain and finding a jeweler to add the bail. He only charged $12. So worth it!
    2. jenre jenre, 2 years ago
      Sure would like to know more about the pendant though.
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
      I searched online and I think you have Petrified (or agatized) wood jasper. Since there is a lot of this stone found in Southwest, USA it could be Native American. Not sure though. Petrified wood is found everywhere in the world and sometimes it's renamed for the location or by the mining company that found it. I LOVE IT, and I really love the finished look with your lovely Victorian chain.
    4. maryh1956 maryh1956, 2 years ago
      Looks Mexican to me
    5. jenre jenre, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the comments. I would love to know what it is/where it's from, but I love it regardless.
    6. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
      Jenny - I found info online including the stone that is very similar to yours. You can find more if you dig a bit. Don't give up. Let us know what you find out.
    7. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      Wow! Superb with the victorian big chain!
    8. Gillian, 2 years ago
      Have a look at Moss Agate.
    9. Gillian, 2 years ago
      Wonderful chain!
    10. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      Hi there! Ok, I'm chiming in with my 2 cents here with some possibilities. But first it's very pretty and I'm thinking the back may look like it does for a couple reasons, 1 it's not the original bail, as you said you had one added and that bail looks great yet it's not 'typical'. 2. it could have been originally mounted as a ring, cuff or what have you and was changed as an afterthought. I see this all the time, it happens. I feel it was made during the Fred Harvey era around the 60's - 70's and maybe even before that. Here's also a little FYI - did you know that the Native Americans learned to create their jewelry from the Mexicans! (Spaniards to be politically correct). And here's the real deal. If it cannot be identified with a makers mark/hallmark, it cannot 'by law' be described or sold as Native American, yet people do it all the time regardless. Personally, I feel it's Mexican but the thing is this, it's very pretty, it's yours, so wear it in good health and enjoy it ;)
    11. jenre jenre, 2 years ago
      I have found some similar stones and settings online, and I agree it's either native american or it's mexican. I tend to think it's petrified wood, based on similar items I see online, but who's to say those sellers have the right information? I enjoy looking anyway. I ended up buying a petrified wood ring in the search!
    12. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
      jenre, it's petrified wood. Now, show us the ring you bought!!
    13. jenre jenre, 2 years ago
      valentino97 we are going down a rabbit hole! hahaha. https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/264853-petrified-wood-ring
    14. Gillian, 2 years ago
      https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/681944181/dendritic-jasper-hand-forged-on-sterling?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=dendritic+jasper&ref=sr_gallery-9-31

      Closest I can come to your pendant is Dendritic Jasper. Petrified Wood is very different.
    15. jenre jenre, 2 years ago
      Thanks for your input Gillian. I feel like I'm never going to be sure!
      I think this setting looks to be very similar style. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sterling-Silver-and-Petrified-Wood-Necklace/132995263679
    16. jenre jenre, 2 years ago
      This looks similar to me too.

      https://www.ebay.com/itm/Southwestern-Native-American-Indian-Petrified-Wood-Sterling-Silver-Pendant/254198929473
    17. Gillian, 2 years ago
      If I'm hearing correctly, this discussion is about the setting of the silver around the ring, rather than the actual stone in the ring?
    18. jenre jenre, 2 years ago
      Hi Gillian, there are really two questions
      1. is this native american, mexican (originally I thought it was Indian, as in South Asian :)
      2. what is the stone
    19. jenre jenre, 2 years ago
      p.s. I've settled on native american/petrified wood, mostly because of what I find on ebay, but I realize they could be mislabeled.

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