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Ring, Conversational, Kachina, Turquoise, Early Jerry Roan, Hallmark, Vintage, 594

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Saying that we’re beyond excited to offer this fabulous vintage find would be an understatement! 

Not only is this stunning statement ring the craftsmanship of widely renowned and revered native Southwest jewelry artisan, the late Jerry Roan (1919-1977), it’s one of his earlier works before he changed his hallmark from a broken arrow pictorial mark to his initials accompanied by a stick figure. Roan began silversmithing in the late 1960s and his pieces are highly coveted and collectible, with some even appearing in the Smithsonian and the Yellowhorse Museum in Arizona. 

The detail and depth of dimension visible in this classic Kachina design exemplify the extent of Roan’s talent as an artisan, and his use of beautiful bright turquoise cabochons set in small serrated bezels adds to the eye-catching aesthetic of this vintage statement piece.


The interpretation of a Kachina can vary from tribe to tribe, but they are believed to be personifications of different things and believed to have human-like forms and behaviors, so the image of a Kachina is almost always a vague full-body depiction of a “person” in a headdress in and traditional garb. Kachinas can represent many things but are widely considered benevolent beings with positive forces to bring things like rainfall, protection, healing, and fertility.

Jerry Roan's early work is marked broken arrow pictorial as listed in Barton Wright's Hallmarks for the Southwest.  He later changed his hallmark to his initials and a stick figure. The presence of his early hallmark on this piece places this as one of his earlier works.
  • artist: Jerry Roan
  • markings: STERLING + broken arrow pictorial mark
  • materials: sterling silver, turquoise 
  • dimensions: 2" x .75"
  • weight: 18 grams
  • size: 9
  • condition: nice vintage condition with light oxidation and wear
  • style number: JR594
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  • Many of the jewelry items we sell are antique, vintage, and/or pre-owned. We acquire these pieces from dealers in New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada, who work exclusively with Native American jewelry and art. That means they had a life before we found them, and they may show evidence of that previous life; signs of wear, dents, scratches, oxidation, broken stones, etc. We strive to be accurate and transparent in our descriptions of these pieces.

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  • We are not gemologists. We choose pieces based on their overall aesthetic and how well they accessorize the Double D Ranch collection. Due to the high quality of laboratory-made stones and the influx of fake “Native American” jewelry from the Middle East, we rely heavily on our vetted suppliers to maintain a level of confidence in the quality of stones, provenance, and authenticity of each piece. We try our best to accurately describe the stones in our jewelry items but cannot absolutely guarantee them.

  • We celebrate aging. In ourselves, and in our jewelry. We want the true age of the piece to be represented, so we do not perform any type of cleaning or polishing. If the item is oxidized when we acquire it, that is precisely how you will receive it.