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Diné Bracelet with Fine Stampwork

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  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Silver
  • Size: 5” end to end, 1-⅜” opening; ⅝” wide
  • Item # C4103.19
  • Price: $420.00

Very early Diné jewelry was formed by melting down silver coins and other sources of silver, and  pouring the molten silver into a mold that produced an ingot. Then the silversmith would pound the ingot into a sheet with a hammer and cut it with shears into the desired shape. Decoration was achieved by carefully filing lines or stamping with handmade dies. Early silverwork was difficult and sometimes a bit crude.

With the arrival of the railroad and the advent of the trading post system in the late 19th century, new tools and materials became available. Diné silversmiths became adept at fashioning jewelry with a wide range of complex designs using innovative stampwork. Precise, elegant  stampwork became a hallmark of the best silversmiths.

Using a set of crescent and feather dies, this late 20th century bracelet was made in the traditional manner of early Diné smiths. The center design element features rays of light emanating from a sun or star motif. On either side of the midpoint is a series of large and small ovals made by connecting different sized crescent shapes. The unknown artist honored his ancestors by continuing the fine art of stampwork.


Condition: The Diné Bracelet with Fine Stampwork is in excellent condition

Provenance: From a private Colorado Southwest Indian Jewelry collection

Recommended Reading: Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths by John Adair

Note: when we say Diné, as opposed to Navaho or Navajo, we are referring to the people and not the government.  Since 1969, their government refers to itself as the Navajo Nation.  

Alternate Side View of this bracelet.


  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Silver
  • Size: 5” end to end, 1-⅜” opening; ⅝” wide
  • Item # C4103.19
  • Price: $420.00

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