We have similar Native and Jade items, including a matching ring and pendant, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Dylan L. Age Circa: Antique Native American C.Country of Origin: United States - Navajo Nation. Gram Weight: 48.9 Grams.
Main Stone Measurements/Color : 5.55 Carats, Measures 18 mm long by 12.7 mm wide, Opaque deep green hue. 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 : Oval Cabochon Cut. Item Measurements: The bracelet has an inside circumference of 6 including the wrist gap.
The bracelet measures 0.89" in width at the widest part and tapers to 0.39" at the ends. This cuff is designed to slip over the wrist at the wrist gap. This bracelet has a scalloped bezel and granulated bead accents. This bracelet is extremely heavy in metal value and the band is thick at 0.20 wide measured from the inside of the bracelet to the outside of the bracelet.
The low relief portions are more tarnished than the high relief portions, allowing for the high relief portions to stand out. This item is fairly tarnished in some areas, which serves to add to the overall look of this item. The price of this item has been reduced to reflect this. 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. 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. 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.Jade is one of the oldest and most important gemstones, with a history dating over 7,000 years. Nephrite is more common than jadeite and although it is slightly softer than jadeite, it is considered tougher due to its denser structure. Nephrite was derived from the Greek word for kidney because it was thought that it could cure kidney disease. Up until around 1863, Nephrite was believed to be the same as Jadeite. Nephrite can be distinguished from Jadeite from its lower level of translucency and luster.
Traditional Chinese jade typically refers to nephrite since there are no actual jadeite deposits located in China. Nephrite jade was used mostly in pre-1800 China, and is rare to see today.Green nephrite is considered the most valuable nephrite, but translucent, white nephrite was considered the most valuable up until the introduction of fine Imperial jadeite jade during the 18th century. Buyers will have 3 base. The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Coin Silver Native Navajo Nephrite Jade Cuff Bracelet" is in sale since Sunday, February 17, 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.