Bell Trading Company Sterling Silver Turquoise Cuff Bracelet.
This Native American bracelet has a bezel set, round cabochon turquoise stone featured in the center. The stone is set in the center of a ‘flower’ shape with beads and twisted rope coiled around. On either side, a larger bead has a coiled rope that extends toward the back. The impressed sunbursts decorate the scalloped edges across the front and the sides are embellished with arrows and sun. The symbols have meanings that include friendship, protection and healing energy. The bracelet is a “C” shape.
It is marked “Bell; Sterling”, is circa 1950, and it measures about 2” inside diameter with a 1 1/8” opening. The Bell Trading Company operated from 1935 to 1972 in the Southwestern United States before changing the company name. They employed Native Americans, mostly Navajo, to create the jewelry they sold to tourists.
Condition: the turquoise has no cracks or chips; it has a slight bend on one side; the silver has a nice patina, with no broken or missing parts.
This small bracelet would be a terrific accessory! It has so much history behind it, that it would fit right in with any collection of Native American or Southwest jewelry.