Country of Origin: United States - Navajo Nation. Gram Weight: 25.1 Grams.
Main Stone Measurements/Color : 11.9 mm long, 6.55 mm wide, Opaque bright blue hue with a matrix of darker blue and tan shades. 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 Cabochon. Item Measurements: The bracelet has an inside circumference of 5.07", excluding the gap, and graduates from 0.45" to 1.18 wide. The wrist gap measures 2.3 across. This cuff is designed to slip over the wrist at the wrist gap. Link Type : Rounded and Polished Sterling Silver. Crafted by hand by a talented Navajo artisan in the Fred Harvey era, specifically the 1940s. Made out of sterling coin silver. 900 sterling silver, a common material in Navajo jewelry. Large butterfly motif, a symbol of change and joy in Navajo culture. Beautifully carved and polished Kingman turquoise stone. Hand stamped rising sun and arrow motifs. The turquoise stone has an internal stress fracture which would have been created when the stone formed; however, this does not affect wear and the stone is completely secure. 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 of 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. 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. Kingman Turquoise comes from one of the largest turquoise mines in North America, out of Kingman, Arizona. This mine was discovered by prehistoric Native Americans over 1000 years ago and is one of the oldest operating turquoise mines in America; even being traded with the Maya.
It is highly prized for its black iron pyrite matrix and beautiful rich sky-blue color and has become an industry standard. The mine produces green turquoise as well, which is also very popular. The item "Antique Vintage Native Sterling Coin Silver Navajo Pawn Turquoise Cuff Bracelet" is in sale since Sunday, March 10, 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.: Unsigned