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Scalloped Edge Bracelet with Seven Turquoise Cabs

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  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Sterling Silver, turquoise
  • Size: 5-½” around; 1-⅛” opening; 3-1/8” width
  • Item # C4031A
  • Price: $1,450.00

Some of the finest quality, most aesthetically pleasing silverwork was created by Southwestern Native American jewelers in the mid-20th century. Influenced by easier access to high quality materials, new markets and newer methods of transportation, there was an explosion of creativity in Southwestern Indian silverwork. Artists were no longer bound to using only materials at hand and specific markets. Tourists were traveling by the Santa Fe Railroad and Route 66 all through Indian country and recognized the quality of Native American jewelry and art and wanted the best examples to take home with them. Exposure to other art forms influenced a generation of innovative, talented artists who, whether they worked for traders or themselves, created beautiful, classic works of art.

This art-deco-like design bracelet is a stunning example of work from this time. The scalloped edges are symmetrical and extremely pleasing to the eye. This reflects new design elements to which the Southwestern craftsmen and women were exposed to which valued simplicity and symmetry and a connection to nature. Artists easily took to using these forms because they reflected a vision that was already present in Native American art.

Each scallop is stamped in a traditional manner, melding both a modern look with a traditional look, creating a beautiful, unique work of art. The exquisite stones are set in an elegant form, with an incredible, greenish-blue stone framed by six smaller stones. The small stones are set among delicate silver drops. Everything about this bracelet is lovely.  It is a perfect combination of very old Navajo style mixed with a classic 20th century influence.


Condition: The bracelet is in very good condition. All the stones are in excellent shape.

Provenance: this Scalloped Edge Bracelet with Seven Turquoise Cabs is from an East Coast collector

Recommended Reading: Skystone and Silver: The Collector's Book of Southwest Indian Jewelry by Carl Rosnek and Joseph Stacey

  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Sterling Silver, turquoise
  • Size: 5-½” around; 1-⅛” opening; 3-1/8” width
  • Item # C4031A
  • Price: $1,450.00

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