Navajo Sand Cast Diné Silver Bracelet with Turquoise Stone

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Sterling Silver, Turquoise
  • Size:
    5-3/4" inside end-to-end;
    3/4" opening;
    2-1/8" wide at top
    Wrist size: 6-1/2"
  • Item # 26105
  • Price: $465.00

Alternate Side View of this bracelet.

Before a cast bracelet such as this one can be made by an artisan, he or she must first fashion a mold from a whitish sandstone rock, hard enough to withstand the hot metal without splitting and yet soft enough to be grooved into the wanted design. Today, these can be purchased at local jewelry supply stores, but in earlier days, the artisan searched the Reservation for suitable rock and carved the desired design himself. When one of these molds broke, perhaps from not having been warm enough to receive the molten silver, it was a minor tragedy. Today, it is a slight inconvenience. Now, a new one can be purchased on the next trip into town.

This bracelet was cast in a single flat mold then curved into shape after being removed from the mold. It would have then been hand cleaned and polished to a luscious sheen. The turquoise cab was set in a silver bezel at the center of the bracelet.

 

Condition: The Navajo Sand Cast Diné Silver Bracelet with Turquoise Stone is in original excellent condition. Its exact age is unknown but it probably dates to the 1980s. It does not have a jeweler’s signature or stamp.

Provenance: ex. coll. Santa Fe Southwest Indian Jewelry collector

Reative Links: SOUTHWEST INDIAN JEWELRY, Navajo NationBracelets

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


HOW TO MEASURE YOUR WRIST FOR BRACELET SIZE

Measure your wrist with a flexible tape measurement or a strip of paper just below the wrist bone, where you would normally wear the bracelet.

Option: If you are using a plain strip of paper, mark your size with a pen or pencil then use a ruler to measure the length. That would be your wrist size.

Tip: Do you want a snug or loose fit? Well, that really will vary between everyone. If you are buying a delicate bracelet, we suggest doing a snug fit. Most other bracelets should have a comfort fit except when buying large or thick cuffs or bangles. It's best to buy large bracelets with a loose fit so you don't feel like you are suffocating your wrist, or it will be worn over clothing.

 

Fitting Style Add inch(es) to wrist size
Snug Fit Add 1/4" to 1/2"
Comfort Fit Add 3/4" to 1"
Loose Fit Add 1 1/4"
Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Sterling Silver, Turquoise
  • Size:
    5-3/4" inside end-to-end;
    3/4" opening;
    2-1/8" wide at top
    Wrist size: 6-1/2"
  • Item # 26105
  • Price: $465.00

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