Worn by both men and women, bracelets have long been a preferred form of jewelry. For collectors of Native American antique & vintage native American jewelry, the emotional attraction and value of old pawn Indian jewelry is that it was once owned, appreciated, worn and used by actual Native American Indians. It is an intimate relic of the people and the culture that is slowly disappearing into history.
This gorgeous vintage cluster bracelet was designed and decorated with 35 genuine turquoise stones (The central one is approximately the size of a dime.) The silver is bright, just the way the Navajos traditionally like their pieces. The oxidization between stones is what it should be for an older piece. The darkened silver in between the turquoise stones set off their color!
Each gemstone has been set in an individually handmade sterling silver bezel that was soldered to a hand cut sterling silver sheet to help create a traditional cluster design.
The cuff itself was hand made from three individual bands of shimmering sterling silver.
Marked in two places "sterling" and signed "T". This is the mark of Navajo silversmith Mary Thompson.
Oddly enough, this amazing vintage bracelet came from a rather large and significant collection of a person here on the Maine Coast. We acquired it from an auction of her estate. She traveled extensively throughout the southwest from the 40's onward.
The inside circumference from edge to edge is 5 7/8". The gap measurement is 1 3/8".
I have quite a large hand (same size as my father's was!) and I can slip the gap over the narrowest part of my wrist, then slide the bracelet up about 1/2" and it then fits snugly.
3 " high 100.3 grams total weight marked "T" & sterling
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