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Antique Vintage Native Navajo Sterling Coin Silver Turquoise Sun Cuff Bracelet

Antique Vintage Native Navajo Sterling Coin Silver Turquoise Sun Cuff Bracelet
Antique Vintage Native Navajo Sterling Coin Silver Turquoise Sun Cuff Bracelet
Antique Vintage Native Navajo Sterling Coin Silver Turquoise Sun Cuff Bracelet
Antique Vintage Native Navajo Sterling Coin Silver Turquoise Sun Cuff Bracelet
Antique Vintage Native Navajo Sterling Coin Silver Turquoise Sun Cuff Bracelet
Antique Vintage Native Navajo Sterling Coin Silver Turquoise Sun Cuff Bracelet

Antique Vintage Native Navajo Sterling Coin Silver Turquoise Sun Cuff Bracelet
Age Circa: Antique Native American C. Country of Origin: United States - Navajo Nation. Gram Weight: 17.8 Grams. Main Stone : Crow Springs Turquoise.

Main Stone Measurements/Color: 0.7" long by 0.5" wide, Light blue green with golden brown matrix. Stone Treatment : The stone appears to be untreated, but we are not certified Gemologists and cannot be sure.

Stone Cuts: Hand Cut Oval Cabochon. Item Measurements: The bracelet has an inside circumference of 7", including a wrist gap of 1.25". The inside diameter measures 2.5", and the width of the bracelet is 0.7". Closure/Clasp Type : 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 silversmith during the 1920s, and is a very rare find!

It features a wide cuff with scalloped scoops cut out of the edges. At the center of the cuff is a beautiful blue-green Crow Springs Turquoise stone held in a scalloped setting. On either side of the turquoise, running down the side of the cuff are three hand-stamped suns. This cuff features a slightly oblong shape for a more natural fit on the wrist. Some of the prongs on the scallop setting are misshapen, but this does not affect the form or function of the piece. 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. Crow Spring Turquoise also called Little Crow Turquoise is famous for its mix of blues and greens and brown/tan matrix that runs through this stone. This mine has been out of operation for a long while and is a must have for every Turquoise collector.

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 Turquoise Sun Cuff Bracelet" is in sale since Sunday, January 07, 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.

  • Material: Sterling Silver
  • Metal: Coin Silver
  • Jewelry Type: Bracelets
  • Metal Purity: .900
  • Ethnic Origin: Navajo
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
  • Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
  • Main Stone: Turquoise
  • Style: Cuff
  • Country of Origin: United States, Navajo Nation


Antique Vintage Native Navajo Sterling Coin Silver Turquoise Sun Cuff Bracelet