Markings : Xmas 1945 Shirley from Mother and Father, Tested, Guaranteed. Country of Origin: United States - Navajo Nation.
Gram Weight: 70.9 Grams. Main Stone Measurements/Color : 42 mm long by 28 mm and 8.75 mm in depth; Bright blue with spiderweb matrix of black. 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.
Stone Cuts : Carved and Polished Oval Cabochon. Item Measurements: The bracelet has an inside circumference of 7.25, including the gap. The bracelet measures 1.75 in width. The wrist gap measures 1.2 in width. This cuff is designed to slip over the wrist at the wrist gap.Notable Features: This bracelet was handmade in 1945 by a skilled Navajo artisan. 925 sterling silver and a gorgeous huge turquoise stone, this cuff bracelet was handcrafted with expertise in the American Southwest.
The artist would have hammered and rolled out the coin silver to craft the metal in this bracelet around the stone, meticulously stamped the pattern onto the surface, and every aspect of it would have been made by hand. The turquoise, in this bracelet, has a beautiful bright blue hue with an internal matrix of black throughout. This stunning stone is large and rests in a coin silver bezel setting which perfectly complements the vivid turquoise hue. The body of the bracelet is huge and has a hand stamped design across the front, which adds depth and dimension. The brilliant stone and exquisite Navajo artistry make this bracelet a magnificent piece of American history which also looks amazing when worn.A light patina on the sterling silver gives this piece an antique quality, which we believe is quite lovely. This huge cuff bracelet would make a wonderful gift, addition to any jewelry collection or personal accessory. Don't miss your opportunity to preserve this incredible piece of Native American history. The stone is cracked, but has been stablilized in the setting.
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. Southwest jewelry from the American Southwest is unique to itself and has a look that has become popular worldwide. Southwest jewelry was originally created by Native American and Mexican artistic influence and has gained popularity throughout the years, becoming a staple of many contemporary designs.
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.
Turquoise is found all over the world and has been a popular semi-precious stone used in jewelry and art for thousands of years by many different cultures; from prehistoric times to the present. Turquoise comes in many beautiful color variations; from the popular bright solid sky-blue hues to dark blue hues with dark spiderwebbing throughout, as well as aqua, teal, and many green varieties, and even some rare white with dark spiderwebbing. 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. The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Coin Silver Native Navajo Turquoise Pawn Cuff Bracelet" is in sale since Sunday, November 25, 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.