Bell Trading Post Petrified Wood Ring Vintage Sterling Silver
This beautiful Navajo design ring created by Bell Trading Post in sterling silver is bezel set with a stunning oval shape reddish brown petrified wood cabochon with black streaks running diagonally across the stone.
A real treasure to add to any Southwestern jewelry collection.
From 1932 to 1972 Bell Trading Post was a popular location along the famous route 66. In the beginning years Jack Michelson, the proprietor was trading in handmade Native American made goods created by a handful of Pueblo and Navajo silversmiths but as business picked up by the 1940's he decided to add equipment to his business allowing him to create pieces in a more mechanized way helping to expand the business.
Petrified wood became a popular stone of choice in Native American jewelry during the 1940's and 1950's due to the scarcity and rising price of natural turquoise at the time.
The top of this ring measures 1 inch by 3/4 inch with the cabochon measuring approximately 16 by 11mm.
Finger size 5 1/2.
Signed with the hanging bell on a post with arrow and sterling.