Hello and thank you for your interest in our inventory. Up for your consideration today is this WONDERFUL 1930s Navajo – Ingot Coin Silver with Pyramid Shaped Natural Green Turquoise Cuff Bracelet. This bracelet starts off with a beautiful green pyramid shaped turquoise cabochon surrounded by a plain bezel. Followed by twisted wire, decorative wire, 9 small silver drops and 6 stamped silver drops. All this rides on top of a nicely stamped split shank cuff. This bracelet has been tested to be at least 90% Silver.
Ref., Encyclopedia of Native American Jewelry A Guide to History, People, and Terms Paula A. Baxter with Allison Bird-Romero 2000: 33
COIN SILVER: A predominant type of SILVER in use for jewelry through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, so called because the metal was obtained from melting coins, using INGOT molds, or hammering silver coins. At that time, coins were the main source of silver for jewelry-making. United Sates currency was used until its defacement was prohibited by law in 1890; Mexican pesos were also retooled until their use was banned in 1930. (These dates are not absolute. Coin silver was made until well after World War II, and is still made by forgers and revivalists.) Coin silver is usually composed of 90 percent silver and 10 percent COPPER. The introduction of silver slugs and sheet silver, together with the move to STERLING SILVER for jewelry-making, replaced coin silver as a favored material, except for collectors and devotees of older native jewelry work, who appreciate its color, sheen and heft.
Size: Inside L.5.5" x W. 1" x Opening 1.25"
Total Weight: 28.6g
Artist/Hallmark: Unknown (Bracelet to early for hallmark)
Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition
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