Elegant Navajo Guild Silver Cast Bracelet

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  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: silver
  • Size: 1-½” opening; 1-¾” width;
    5-¾” inside end-to-end;
    Wrist Size 7-¼
  • Item # C4612J
  • Price: $1200

The bracelet is stamped with the hallmark of the Navajo Arts and Crafts Guild, an organization to assist Navajo artists, who learned their trade at Indian schools, to sell their wares.  It was officially chartered in 1941.This elegant and simple silver cast bracelet has triangular silver outer bands that are secured at their ends in a similar manner.  The bracelet was designed by a Diné of the Navajo Nation jeweler.  The design of the bracelet is connected triangles that increase in size from the bracelet ends to its middle.  The center design is a pair of back-to-back triangles or a diamond.

The bracelet is stamped with the hallmark of the Navajo Arts and Crafts Guild, an organization to assist Navajo artists, who learned their trade at Indian schools, to sell their wares.  It was officially chartered in 1941.

“Craft items were produced at the guild shop, in the homes of the craftsmen, or at community workshops already established on the reservations.  Materials and supplies were issued only to craftsmen who could meet the standards and requirements for quality established by the guild.  These standards were similar to those of the Indian Arts & Crafts Board program—though craftsmen having their own materials, supplies, and workshops could offer their products for sale to the guild.  A full-time manager was hired and one of the first was John Adair.” [Messier & Messier. 2014:68]


Condition: very good condition

Provenance: this Elegant Navajo Guild Silver Cast Bracelet is from a client from Colorado

Reference: Reassessing Hallmarks of Native Southwest Jewelry—Artists, Traders, Guilds, and the Government, by Pat Messier & Kim Messier

TAGS: BraceletSouthwest Indian JewelryDiné of the Navajo Nation

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An example of what the bracelet looks like while being worn.