Total wearable length and inner circumference: 7.65. Bracelet Width: Measures 3.51" wide at the center and the end of the band near the wrist gap measures 0.23" wide. The large wrist gap measures 2.39 from end to end.
The face of the bracelet measure 3.51" long by 2.42" wide. Closure/Clasp Type : This bracelet is meant to be worn over the wrist through the gap. Link Type : Rounded and Polished Silver. This gorgeous bracelet features a HUGE Royston turquoise stone in the center of the bracelet. This stone would have been machine cut rather than tumbled smooth.The bracelet itself features several aspects which would have been popular when this item was made, around the year 1950. The band itself is split into two shanks, onto which the bezel setting and face of the bracelet were applied. The coin silver adorning the face of this bracelet was hand hammered into a squash blossom and feather motif, and features a rope twist accent lining the right side of the face of the bracelet. The hand hammering used to create this piece is called repousse. The repousse technique dates back as far as the 3rd century BC and involves hand hammering precious metals into beautiful and intricate patterns.
This item is extremely tarnished in places, specifically in the low relief areas, which is to be expected of an item this age. 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. 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. 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.
Royston turquoise is a Nevada turquoise famous for being one of the few naturally green forms of turquoise in the world. It ranges in color from deep green to rich, light and aqua blues offset by a heavy brown matrix.
Repoussé began as an ancient metalworking technique dating as far back as the 3rd century BC, involving malleable metal that was hammered onto the reverse side to create an image on the front. Examples are found all over the world; Greece, Egypt, and even the Hopewell periods in the American southeast. Reverse side hammering was also used to add detail to the front, creating intricate patterns using grooves, indentations, and channeling. The piece was then carefully polished to create a hollow, eye-catching treasure. Buyers will have 3 base.The item "Antique Vintage Sterling Coin Silver Native Navajo Turquoise HUGE Cuff Bracelet" is in sale since Sunday, June 21, 2020. 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.