Age Circa : Antique Native American C. Country of Origin : United States - Navajo Nation. Gram Weight : 37.2 Grams.Main Stone : Cripple Creek Turquoise (Colorado). Main Stone Measurements/Color : The Turquoise measures 30 by 15 mm.
It features a beautiful light green appearance with a soft chalky matrix and brown mixed in a little. The stone appears to be untreated, but we are not certified Gemologists and cannot be sure.Item Measurements : The bracelet has an inside circumference not including the wrist gap of 5.75. The wrist gap where the wrist fits through measures an additional 1. The top of the bracelet measures 1.25 wide. Silver is malleable and can be tightened or widened around your wrist to fit a smaller size or larger size. Closure/Clasp Type : There is no clasp as this cuff is meant to slip over the wrist at the opening. Notable Features : This beautiful bracelet would have been handmade by a talented Navajo Nation silversmith.
It most likely was made for the early tourist trade or Reservation use. The bracelet is made of solid sterling coin silver and features two large applied silver arrowhead pieces on the shoulders of the bracelet. The artist would have melted down US 90% coins to get an accurate purity and rolled it out to create this beautiful piece. The bracelet also includes traditional Navajo Nation stampings throughout the sides of the cuff.
The stone on the top of the bracelet is a gorgeous natural hand cabochon cut and polished Cripple Creek Turquoise. The turquoise features a beautiful soft green with white chalky and brown matrix running through the stone. This color combination would be perfect with any outfit. This bracelet is truly a museum quality find. Please don't miss your chance to own this special part of history.This listing is for the item only. This beautiful piece was made by a very talented Native American silversmith. It features handcrafted silversmith work throughout.
Antique Native American jewelry is very rare to find. This is due to these pieces being made for reservation and personal use before the tourist trade became popular. Very few pieces were made and even less survived to today. The concept of Pawn, Old Pawn, and Dead Pawn Native American Jewelry came to be in the 1800s.When a loan wasnt repaid, the item became known as either Old Pawn or Dead Pawn. Pre 1950s Navajo silversmiths would make jewelry out of US 90% Silver coins. They would use Half Dollars, Quarters, & Mercury Dimes. This type of jewelry is very rare, as it usually contained a high silver purity and was expensive to make. Whole Coin jewelry was worn around the reservation as a status symbol of wealth. Navajo silversmiths, working from 1870 to 1900, learned about stamping from Mexican leather workers, and adopted this to their metal working. Artisans made their own stamps that were passed down to each generation. Navajo jewelry started becoming commercially available around the 1910s and is still very popular today. Stampings are usually hand hammered using handcrafted or die stamps and include traditional Native American symbols, such as sunbursts, to ornate landscapes. Cripple Creek Turquoise is found in Colorado and has a range of colors from deep blue to a rich green with a warm golden-brown matrix. The mine was originally a gold mine; turquoise was pulled out as a byproduct, and on rare occasion, Cripple Creek Turquoise may contain bits of natural gold ore. We do not undervalue packages for international customers as it is illegal. The item "Antique Vintage Native Navajo Pawn Sterling Coin Silver Turquoise Cuff Bracelet" is in sale since Sunday, June 24, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Bracelets".
The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.