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Hello all,

I have what I've been told is a Zuni cluster-work necklace. Also have been told that it is hand made including chain and clasp, that each bezel is serrated by hand, dating it to 1940’s to 1950’s and manufactured bezels made an appearance in the 70’s. 

There is some confusion about it's worth or if above information is correct; opinions on this  will be  greatly appreciated. It is missing one stone which is around here somewhere - still looking for it. 

Thank you very much!

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I can't see any signatures,names or marks and you don't mention any. Without something to go on identifying it and the value is next to impossible to obtain. Pure robin egg blue without anomalies is the very best and most desirable stone you can obtain.  Many of your stones fit that description, so why are they poorly set and not marked? The only answer I can think of is that the stones are dyed howlite and  not real turquoise. There is a simple test. The dye used on howlite can be removed with a drip of nail polish remover (acetone). Use a Q-tip or cotton swab. Slight rubbing will transfer dye to your swab. The howlite will have a white spot. If real turquoise nothing will happen.

You  should have a jeweler or gold buyer test the metal. Some do it free, others charge.

If it's real silver AND turquoise, I'd value it at around $600-800.00 USD.  If it's not real then the value would be around $50.00. 

Here is something similar to help in the search.


I meant to say that the article I researched about "dyed howlite" stated that "90% of what you see in the marketplace is dyed howlite."

Also,  when testing for howlite, do so on the back or edge of a stone. If it's real turquoise there will be no damage to the stone.  If howlite the dye will rub off.

And lastly, the chain could be steel. If so a magnet will stick to it.

Hello and thank you for your replies! I think the reason it has no  marks or name is that it is a simple handmade item. Just guessing but - The stones may look poorly set possibly because the maker was not a skilled jewelry maker. 

The person who gave me the previously mentioned information is a Native American Jewelry store owner who had said she would put it in her store for approximately 225.00. When I said  I would sell it, her offer was 30.00.

Naturally,  this is confusing and while I am not trying to be greedy, neither do I want to sell for less than it may be worth.

Thanks for the test and magnet  idea. I will look into both and see a jeweler as well. 

Molly, I looked at the link and thank you. There is some lovely turquoise out there!

Appraisers are not supposed to buy items that they appraise...this is an unwritten law because many do.  However they need to make a profit and therefore use the 1/4th value offer. Or, 225 divided by 4 = $50. (rounded down). $30. was a low ball offer, she would've paid $50.had you negotiated.

The missing stone can be replaced.

Thank you!

I had a 50.00 offer. Maybe I will take that. And I don't think I will spend any ore time looking for the stone - 


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