One of a kind Navajo Made ring with a piece of high quality White Buffalo stone. This ring has a Thunderbird on each side of the ring.
Ring Measurements: approximately 3/4's of an inch tall by 1/2 of an inch wide.
Ring Weight: 13.5 grams
The Thunderbird is a widespread figure in Native American mythology in the United States and Canada. ￼ The Mythical Thunderbird Described as a supernatural being, the enormous bird was a symbol of power and strength that protected humans from evil spirits. It was called the Thunderbird because the flapping of its powerful wings sounded like thunder, and lightning would shoot out of its eyes. The Thunderbirds brought rain and storms, which could be good or bad. Good – when the rain was needed or bad when the rain came with destructive strong winds, floods, and fires caused by lightning. The bird was said to be so large, that several legends tell it picking up a whale in its talons. They were said to have bright and colorful feathers, with sharp teeth and claws. They were said to live in the clouds high above the tallest mountains. Various tribes have different oral traditions about the magical Thunderbird, which they both highly respected and feared. In Gros Ventre traditions, it was the Thunderbird who gave the sacred pipe to the people.
WHITE BUFFALO (called “albino turquoise” by some and erroneously “white turquoise” by others) is only found in one location in the world. Tonopah Nevada. The mine is owned by the Otteson family who have been mining high quality turquoise in Nevada and Colorado for over 60 years. The trade name “White Buffalo” is used to identify the stone from the Tonopah, Nevada mine owned by the Otteson family. The white stone is surrounded by black and brown flint-like chert (an opaque variety of quartz) which creates beautiful patterns, and sometimes in rare pieces, a spider-web matrix. The stone appears in veins, is as hard as turquoise (Mohs hardness scale of 5.5 to 7.5) and cuts and polishes like turquoise. In the Native American jewelry business, this stone is generally referred to as “White Buffalo”. Although often called “White Turquoise”, White Buffalo is not Turquoise at all. In fact, it is a long way from it. The main mineral is Calcite. But depending on the crystalline structure of the Calcite, it morphs into minerals called Dolomite or Aragonite.