Here is an exquisite vintage late 1980s sterling silver bracelet with a coral gemstone that is in excellent condition. This beauty was purchased as Dead Pawn at the Hubble Trading Post in Arizona on the Navajo Reservation,in the late 1990s. We note that this is a cast bracelet, with intricate and amazing overlay work of the sterling silver and a raised bezel to contain the oblong coral gemstone. On either side of the bezel is an overlay design of an enchantingly graceful and bountiful ear of corn- beautiful, meaningful and most elegant! Hallmarked with an inverted V shape above an M signature and stamped Sterling. This was not a mass-produced-on-assembly-line fabrication for the tourist trade; it is a handmade work of art in which the natural coral stone is hand cut and polished, and hand set in a hand cut sterling silver bezel. The bracelet is substantial in weight and design element. It measures: approximately five and one half inches (5 1/2") wide on the inside and has an opening of approximately one and one half inches (1 1/2"), and is approximately seven eighth of an inch (7/8") wide. It is very comfortable to wear! Only the bracelet is for sale. Sand Cast, with some Pebble Finish, coral...and Overlay and Stamp Design Work... Exquisite! WHAT IS DEAD PAWN? For the Southwestern Native American, of such tribes as Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and Pueblo, pawn refers to the practice of converting art and other intrinsically valuable possessions into income for life's necessities. Pawn can be items from antiquity, such as heirloom pieces of handmade jewelry or crafts that are passed from a family to become pawn and hence into the public marketplace. Because most pawned merchandise is of necessary value in the seller's life, the percentage of pawn that goes unredeemed is quite small, reportedly about five percent. Merchandise that remains unredeemed in a pawn shop after loan expiration is known as "dead pawn," and items of dead pawn are among the most highly valued Native American artifacts to be found on the open market. Some pieces of dead pawn are antique or old, while other pieces have been pawned by the ORIGINAL ARTIST or by others, in an unused state. It is difficult to tell the age of a piece of jewelry, but some indicators are "wear and tear," evidence of continued previous polishing, the style of the setting, or style of the piece itself, the type of stone or material used in the settings. Please Note: The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 is Federal Law. If the piece is unsigned - or signed such that a particular artist cannot be identified, so the tribe that the artist or artisan belongs to cannot be CORRESPONDINGLY identified, then the Law requires that -even though one may know the style and elements and type, and that the ways and means in which it is made definitely identifies the article as of a particular tribe- the piece cannot be identified as being a particular tribal piece, say of the Hopi or Zuni or Navajo tribe- but one can say it is similar to or same as or in the style of a tribe- So for my jewelry that was purchased much pre-1990, either from artisans on the Reservations, or from galleries or trading posts on Reservations- I can give that purchase location information. Further, the law applies whether the piece was made in 1890, 1990 or 2009. If it is unmarked, or the artist mark does not indicate a particular tribal affiliation, I can say it looks like a particular tribe and in what ways I feel this is so- but I cannot say it IS a particular tribe. That breaks the Federal Law and is a highly sensitive issue with Native American peoples. I am neither a lawyer nor a Federal Agent, but I try to maintain the integrity of my shop by complying with all laws, especially pertaining to Native American goods, of which I am aware.
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