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HELP to Identify SILVER Pendant

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Rough_Rock
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Couple of days ago I found a silver pendant. I suspect that it is a native american style piece of jewelry (found in Southern CA). It doesn't have any traditional sterling silver marks on it but there is a "B" hallmark. I wonder of it is a valuable vintage piece? Please help to gain more information about it? Refer to the pictures for details. Thank you.

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stracci2000

Ideal_Rock
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This looks like a Celtic-style cross.
Definately NOT Native American.
It could be sterling, the mark could be under that corrosion on the back. If you are a metal detector, maybe invest in a metal testing kit, so you can be certain about your finds.
 

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Rough_Rock
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Thank you for your help. I did tested it, and it is silver. I was more curious about its authenticity and value.
 

VRBeauty

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You'll find many images of similar pendants if you google "silver celtic cross pendant circular." Pendants in this style are not rare unless they are very finely made. Unfortunately the you found your pendant a few years too late - the corrosion will probably impact your ability to find out more about its origins, and will certainly affect it's value - which unfortunately is probably near the scrap value of the silver. :(( But it's an interesting find for sure - here's to more interesting finds!

ETA - the celtic cross is most often associated with Ireland, although the popularity of the celtic design extends beyond Ireland: http://irishfireside.com/2015/02/03/history-symbolism-celtic-cross/

The lone B hallmark doesn't appear on either Irish or Scottish traditional hallmark lists, though you might be able to find it on more contemporary lists. But as I mentioned above, this is a popular design, and the pendant could also have been made for a U.S. retail store or some other market not tied to the traditionally Celtic lands.

http://www.925-1000.com/dlDublin.html
http://www.925-1000.com/dlEdinburgh.html
 

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Rough_Rock
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Thank you very much for your help! I appreciate it! You provided with definitely practical information. Thank you! :wavey:
 
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