Markings : S embedded in curved arrow, shop hallmark, Sterling, (c) 1996 date mark. Country of Origin: United States - Kewa/Santo Domingo Pueblo. Gram Weight: 62.0 Grams. Main Stone Measurements/Color : 0.7" long by 0.4" wide, Swirling black and brown.Stone Treatment : The stones appear to be untreated, but we are not certified Gemologists and cannot be sure. Item Measurements: The bracelet has an inside circumference of 6.5", including a wrist gap of 1.125". It has an inside diameter of 2.25", and is 0.8" wide.
Closure/Clasp Type : This cuff has a wrist gap, and is designed to slip over the wrist at the opening. Notable Features: This gorgeous Dead Pawn Sterling Silver bracelet was handmade by the talented silversmith Sam Lovato!
Lovato was alive from 1935 to 1999, and was a member of the Native American Kewa Santo Domingo Pueblo tribe. This cuff was made in 1996, making this beautiful piece one of the last designs created by Sam Lovato. It features a solid, banded Sterling Silver cuff, which is slightly oblong in shape for a more natural fit on the wrist.The top of the cuff hosts five oval cabochons of petrified fossilized wood, which are a rich swirl of black and warm brown. The petrified wood stones are set in raised Sterling Silver bezels, and spaced by two granulated bead accents. Book-ending the five stones are a cluster of three granulated beads in a triangle shape. This stunning cuff bracelet is very heavy and has a dark warmth to it; it would make an excellent gift!
There is a small dent on one of the granulated beads, but this does not affect the beauty or value of the piece. We do not undervalue packages for international customers as it is illegal. This beautiful piece was made by a very talented Native American silversmith. It features hand crafted silversmith work throughout.Kewa Pueblo, formerly known as Santo Domingo Pueblo, is located on the Rio Grande and is particularly known for Native Pueblo artists who create heishe necklaces, as well as a style of necklace consisting of tear-shaped, flat "tabs" strung on heishe shell or turquoise beads. The tabs were made from bone inset with a design in the traditional mosaic style, using bits of turquoise, jet and shell.
These beautiful and colorful necklaces are also sometimes incorrectly identified as "Depression Jewelry", however their origin certainly predates the Great Depression, and they are still being made today by Kewa artists. 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. Petrified wood is actually a fossil!
The name comes from the Greek root. Meaning "rock" or "stone"; literally translating to wood turned into stone. It is the result of the fossilization of land vegetation, usually trees that have completely turned to stone after being buried by sediment for many years, replacing the original plant material with silica, calcite, pyrite, or other inorganic materials.
This natural material has been used by indigenous peoples to make art and jewelry for eons. The item "Vintage Native Pueblo Sterling Silver Sam Lovato Petrified Wood Cuff Bracelet" is in sale since Sunday, December 10, 2017. 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.