We have similar Native and Turquoise items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Age Circa: Antique Native American C. Country of Origin: United States - Navajo Nation. Gram Weight: 29.3 Grams. Metal Type: Sterling Coin Silver.Main Stone : Carico Lake Turquoise. Main Stone Measurements/Color : 6.5 mm in diameter, Medium green hue with a mottling of slightly darker green hues. Stone Treatment : The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Item Measurements: The bracelet has an inside circumference of 5.75", not including the 0.95" wrist gap.
The bracelet measures 1" in width at the widest part and tapers to 0.56" at the ends. This cuff is designed to slip over the wrist at the wrist gap.
Notable Features: Thunderbird, Rolling Log Peace Symbol, Stamping, Split Cuff. This item has some patina, which can be polished by your local jeweler if desired.
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 Navajo Nation sits on 27,000 square miles within the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.
The Navajo have a rich history and culture and have become known for creating some of the finest sterling silver and turquoise jewelry, incorporating their own traditional motifs with silversmithing. The squash blossom necklace is perhaps one the most famous Navajo styles produced, along with turquoise inlay rings. Turquoise is an important stone in Navajo culture; symbolizing happiness, good fortune, and good health.
The first Navajo silversmith, Atsidi Sani, was taught around 1865 by a Mexican silversmith. Atsidi Sani in turn taught his four sons, who then started teaching other Navajo artisans. In the beginning, Navajo artisans created sterling silver jewelry for themselves and others in the Navajo Nation. 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. The story and nuances behind the Native American thunderbird symbol varies from tribe to tribe, but almost universally it represents concepts such as power, transformation, divine dominion, and the unbeatable spirit.
Some tribes viewed the thunderbird as an omen of war, and believed it could foretell victory. Other tribes viewed the thunderbird as a divine nature spirit, whose eyes were made from the sun, and who, upon waking each morning, brought the new day.
When angered, the thunderbirds wings created thunder, and lightning flared from its eyes, creating terrifying storms. The thunderbird was considered to be creator, destroyer, and controller of nature, and was to be honored and revered. 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. Stampings are usually hand hammered using handcrafted or die stamps and include traditional Native American symbols, such as sunbursts, to ornate landscapes. This technique has been passed on and utilized by other Native American tribes and continues to be a popular method of jewelry making.
Carico Lake turquoise is mined from a dried-up lakebed in Nevada; it has also sometimes been called Aurora and Stone Cabin turquoise. Most turquoise from this mine is light blue with a light brown spiderweb matrix, but Carico Lake is most famous for its rare, naturally bright spring green turquoise with yellow brown spiderweb matrix, called Lime turquoise.Buyers will have 3 base. The item "Antique Vintage Native Sterling Silver Navajo Thunderbird Rolling Log Bracelet" is in sale since Sunday, February 3, 2019. 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.