Old Pawn Navajo Sterling Silver Turquoise & Coral Cuff Bracelet Signed │g Tm For Sale
Up for sale is a extraordinary Old Pawn 1975 Navajo sterling silver, Damele turquoise and red coral cuff bracelet with a perfect copper accent.
Native Americans from the southwest have paired turquoise with red materials in their jewelry for a long time. Its a beautiful combination of colors and contrast and rooted in symbolic meaning. Coral is not found in any ocean of the Americas. Therefore any "red gold," (often called by some artists) that was used in jewelry would have come to the Americas through trade or "Wampum" (trade beads) after the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in 1521. The bright red Mediterranean coral is rare today.
Old Pawn Native American Jewelry refers to the pieces that were made, worn and treasured as not only adornment, protection of good health, but also as portable wealth. Not having ready access to banks, or cash money, this jewelry would often serve as the family "reserve" or "emergency" fund.
In times of need, this silver and turquoise jewelry could be easily used as security with an authorized trader (pawned) for cash to meet the current crisis. Then, when the crops came in, or the sheep were shorn, the jewelry could be redeemed and take its place back in the family.
Unfortunately on occasions this jewelry would not be redeemed as planned. The lender would keep it for the agreed amount of time, and if the loan was not paid off by the agreed date, the Pawn Shop, or Trader would be authorized to sell the jewelry.
Often, when the elders of the family die, their items are pawned and the money is divided among the family style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; ">Inner circumference from end to end measures 5-7/16" plus an opening of 1-5/16" and cuff measures 2-9/16" wide at its widest point. Total weight 65.5g.
The back of the cuff is engraved with a hallmark and stamped with a secondary mark. Both are hard to make out what they say, the engraving looks like three conjoined script letters and 75, the other stamping might be SICO?
The Damele Variscite/Turquoise Mines are located in east central Nevada just next the Carico Lake mine. Damele turquoise stands out because of the heavy zinc content that turns the stone yellowish-green and this material is very hard! The matrix of Damele is a spider-web pattern with a dark brown to black matrix. It's availability is limited because the mines are small. The Damele mine also produces very beautiful Variscite, a beautiful, lime green to forest green very hard stone also! Another sought after Turquoise and Variscite.
The bracelet has been tested and examined for purity and is sterling silver.
You will receive the exact bracelet pictured! Thank you for looking and good luck offerding!
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