Country of Origin: United States - Navajo Nation. Gram Weight: 17.9 Grams.
Main Stone Measurements/Color : 0.3 in diameter, Speckled green with white veining. Stone Treatment : The stone appears to be untreated, but we are not certified Gemologists and cannot be sure. Stone Cuts : Hand Carved Round Cabochons.
Item Measurements: The bracelet has an inside circumference of 7", including a wrist gap of 1.25". The cuff tapers from 1" to 0.3" wide. This cuff has a wrist gap, and is designed to slip over the wrist at the opening.This gorgeous Coin Silver bracelet was handmade by a talented Navajo Silver Arrow silversmith during the 1940s! It features a flat cuff band that flares to a wide cut out central section with hand stamped scalloped edges. At the center of the cuff is a turquoise stone, which is a green hue with white speckles and veining.
The turquoise is surrounded by a rope twist ring, which is in turn ringed by r. At either end of the central design is an applied, hand stamped Thunderbird, with geometric, feather, and sunburst designs.These designs have also been stamped on the cuff of the bracelet, along with lightning bolts and arrowheads. Even the inside of the cuff has sun and arrowhead stampings! The details on this cuff are stunning, and are the work of a true craftsman. The cuff features a slightly oblong shape for a more natural fit on the wrist.
This beautiful piece was made by a very talented Native American silversmith. It features hand crafted 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. Coin Silver in Native American Jewelry, or melted coins, refers to the metal alloy that resulted when pre-1965 US Silver Coins were melted down to reuse in jewelry making. They could either be melted in a pit or forge and used as is to make jewelry, or melted into ingots (blocks) and then used for jewelry. Generally, the content of this melted silver jewelry is 90% silver compared to 92.5% silver in Sterling, however sometimes coins from Mexico were included in the melting process. This made the alloy blends unknown as far as silver content. The use of melted coins in jewelry proliferated from a rise in demand for Native American Jewelry by tourists, while having an ease of access to public coins. Native American silversmiths, working from 1870 to 1900, learned the stamping of ornaments from Mexican leather workers, who had learned the skill from silversmiths.
Stampings are usually hand hammered using a handcrafted stamp and include traditional Native American symbols. Repoussé began as an ancient metal-working technique, involving malleable silver first formed with a specially created three-dimensional mold and then further refined by hammering from the reverse side and adding detail to the front. The finished work was intricate, with grooves, indentation and channeling. It was then carefully polished as an eye-catching treasure. Almost universally, the Thunderbird as a Native American symbol conveys concepts such as: Power, provision, expansiveness, transformation, divine dominion, indomitable spirit, unquestioned authority and messages from the otherworlds.PLEASE WAIT FOR AN UPDATED INVOICE BEFORE PAYING FOR YOUR ITEMS. Thank you for your cooperation. The item "Antique Vintage Native Navajo Sterling Coin Silver Arrow Turquoise Cuff Bracelet" is in sale since Sunday, December 10, 2017. 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.