JEWELRY EVALUATIONS

Native American Indian squash blossoms, necklaces, and cuffs
For example, Native American Indian squash blossoms, necklaces, and cuffs at Tucson Indian Jewelry

First of all, we  (love) turquoise jewelry!

Most notably, every week, we sell thousands of dollars of old and new Native Southwest turquoise jewelry. In addition, this jewelry includes both silversmith “signed” pieces and “unsigned” pieces.

Most noteworthy, an evaluation including an approximation of value and identification of YOUR Native American  jewelry costs you only $39.95 PER ITEM.  

* Furthermore, if you are local or visiting Tucson and come into our brick and mortar store, we can offer you a much more cost effective “bundle” price.*        

               

In like manner, we offer this service for both walk-in clients and clients over the Internet:

  1. First of all, we identify the Native American Indian tribe who make the piece with the style and artistic techniques in mind. 

  2. Secondly, we establish the approximate age of the piece according to it’s construction characteristics.

  3. Thirdly, we inform you of either the exact turquoise mine, or the probability of a certain mine, according on the attributes of the turquoise. Generally speaking, we examine the host rock, matrix patterns, and colors to determine the probable source of the turquoise.

  4. Finally, we convey to you the current fair market value of your piece. Chiefly, we take into account all the aspects of your jewelry, to determine the value.

       Just e-mail:

  1. In the first place, please send DETAILED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS of your piece(s) showing close-up shots of the front and back. Also, please include markings and any other helpful angles. E-mail to: dwightandchristy@gmail.com.         

  2. Equally important, please send MEASUREMENTS of piece(s) i.e. length of necklace, height/width of pendant, etc.

  3. Also, please send the WEIGHT of the piece(s)…in grams or ounces.

  4. Most noteworthy, PAYPAL is how I accept payment for this service. Notably, this is prior to commencement of research.  Correspondingly, my Paypal account identification is dwightandchristy@gmail.com 

  5. * Please note* …approximations of value usually take from 3 to 5 business days. Equally important, this period depends on the quantity of research and my pending work load.

*Equally important…this service is NOT a formal written appraisal, but an identification of your jewelry and conveyance of the current fair market value. At the same time, your evaluation is based on over 30 years of experience and continuing education.

Most noteworthy, we are constantly visiting other Indian Jewelry dealers and their shops, Indian jewelry shows, as well as local and national Native American Indian Jewelry Markets. In addition, we utilize paid subscription internet websites for the latest information.

  • Above all, we creat turquoise jewelry ourselves! As a matter of fact, as guest of Dean Otteson, we visit the Royston mining district and personally mine turquoise (Video at the bottom of this page). Then again, as a guest of David Otteson, we visit the Broken Arrow Mine, the Big Nugget Turquoise Mine, and the Tree Frog Mine. Also, we are past guests of Freeport McMoran at the Bisbee turquoise tailing piles for multiple visits. Most notably, we cut turquoise from the rough stone, shape turquoise for jewelry, and silversmith to finish product (Pictures at the bottom of this page).

  • In reality, our 30 + years of experience of buying, selling, and evaluating turquoise jewelry is our foundation for your accurate verbal approximation of value.

  • Also, we regularly attend Native American Indian jewelry shows including the Santa Fe Indian Market each August. In addition, we always attend the Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows, and other local and regional Native American Indian jewelry Shows.

  • Furthermore, we are frequent visitors and members of The Heard Museum.
  • With this in mind, we regularly perform Indian Jewelry valuations, either as a walk-in service or internet e-mail correspondence.

Feedback from an internet client :

Hello Dwight: 

I want to thank you for the wonderfully detailed appraisal of my squash blossom necklace – right down to the details of the maker of the piece. Incredible work! I am astounded!

All the best,
John H.

Feedback from an internet client :

Thanks Dwight,

that is good news and as always you are great at both providing little tutoring and presenting a simple evaluation in a way that makes sense and is useful. Much appreciated, have a great day!!  

Jeff R.

Feedback from an internet client :

Hello Dwight,

 

Thank you, I truly appreciate the detailed information. This has helped me tremendously.

 

Sincerely,

Connie D.

Feedback from an internet client :

Thank you very much for your evaluation – we greatly appreciate your expertise in helping us better understand what we have!

Brenden S.

Feedback from an internet client :

Good Evening Dwight,

I sincerely appreciate your thorough valuation, it is obvious you have knowledge and sources in the turquoise arena of trade.

 

Victoria M.

Feedback from a recent internet client :
Hi Dwight,
Thanks so much for this information.  It’s nice to know that it’s valuable–but even if it weren’t, I would love the pieces both for their reminder of my family history and how beautiful the turquoise is.  
 
I have one question–the turquoise has lasted for many years, but I’d like to know how I can best care for it. 
 
Karen W.

Feedback from a recent internet client:

Thank you so much for this!  What an interesting history these two cuffs have!  Thanks again for your promptness and research! 

Sincerely, Ann B.

PS is there anywhere you would like me to leave a glowing review?

Feedback from a recent internet client :

Thank you so much for all of your time and expertise!  The information you gave us is so very helpful!

Thanks again and again,

June & John

Feedback from a recent internet client :

Nicely done. Thanks a bunch. I will use you again and recommend others.

Pat C.

  

Feedback from a recent internet client :

Thank you so much! You gave me lots of good info — I appreciate your time! 😊

B. Jones

                                    Feedback from a recent internet client:

Dwight,

Thank you very much for your thorough and detailed evaluation. It does in fact exceed my expectations, and I would recommend you to anyone needing information on native American jewelry. 

Best Regards,

Colin

             Feedback from a recent internet client
Good morning

Thanks so much for your speedy appraisal.  This was a prized piece for me, and now it is even more so.  The info that you provided was very informative, and will help guide future purchases.

Thanks so much, Dwight, and no doubt you’ll hear from me again.
Best regards,
Tom

            Feedback from a recent internet client
Dwight and Christy,
Thank you for your evaluation.  It was very informative and interesting.
Thank you again for providing this service for a very reasonable price.
Sue and Win

            Feedback from a recent internet client

Dwight and Christy,

Evening Mr. Schannep, thank you so much for this. The history was really great and interesting to know.  I am very happy with this evaluation.  Again thank you!

Kashaka 

         Feedback from a recent internet client 

Dwight,

Thank you so much for your thorough assessment of my ring. You really do know your stuff!

Have a wonderful rest of your summer,
Chelsea 

 

Feedback from a recent internet client (10-27-2021)

A very interesting, complete and educational report, at an extraordinarily fair price.
Thank you so much.

Bernie

Feedback from a recent internet client (06-14-2022)

Hello Dwight, Thanks much for your time in researching my grandmother’s necklace. My mom thought grandma purchased this in the 1970’s while visiting her sister in Tucson but we weren’t sure. 
I also appreciate learning about the history of the piece, I didn’t know much about it and enjoyed the reading. 
Thanks again, Ellen 

          images

Gold Nugget Test on Dig Wars on the Travel Channel
Gold Nugget Test on the reality show “Dig Wars – Ruby Arizona” on the Travel Channel

Most notably, Dwight is the jewelry and relic appraiser on the Travel Channel © “Dig Wars – Ruby, Az.©” (first aired on July 3, 2013).

Also, here is one of our Royston Turquoise mining adventures near Tonopah, Nevada.

Specifically, a miner discusses the participant rules at the Bisbee Arizona Turquoise Hunting October 2014 from Dwight on Vimeo.                                                                                                                                                                                    
Dwight in Patania Workshop
In this case, Dwight uses a jewelry torch in the Patania Studio in Tucson, Arizona. Most noteworthy, Sam Patania, 3rd Generation Master Silversmith, is to his right.                                                                                                                                 
Christy in Patania Workshop
Notably, Christy works in the Patania Studio, under the supervision of Master Silversmith, Sam Patania. In fact, the Patania family have silver and turquoise jewelry on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution.                                                                                                                                                           

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