The large wrist gap measures 2.33 from end to end. Closure/Clasp Type : This bracelet is meant to be worn over the wrist through the gap. Link Type : Rounded and polished sterling silver.
Handmade by a Navajo silversmith in the 1940s, this gorgeous. 925 sterling silver bracelet features a beautiful Kingman turquoise stone. The stone has a gorgeous blue hue with a black spiderweb matrix. The stone rests securely in a bezel setting and is bordered by a rope twist motif as well as hand-hammered stamped designs.The five-section split band tapers together into a single band with hand-stamped linear and geometric designs. The inside of the band is polished and smooth for comfortable wear. One row of silver beads on the band is missing.
The band is also split in two places on one side; this can be repaired by your local jeweler. This bracelet contains tarnish in some areas, giving it a lovely antique quality.There is also a red material on one area of the band, and the bracelet could use a cleaning. The price 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. 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 a 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. Buyers will have 3 base. The item "Antique Vintage Native Navajo Pawn Sterling Silver Turquoise Cuff Bracelet 28.2g" is in sale since Sunday, September 13, 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.