Very Early Bracelet with Pump Drilled Stones

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Artist Unknown
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Silver and Turquoise
  • Size: 5-½” end to end, 1-¼” opening; ⅞” wide
    Wrist size: 6-3/4"
  • Item # C4104H
  • Price: $1,925.00

Early Diné (Navajo Nation) silversmiths did not have the luxury of going to the jewelry supply store to obtain materials to create their artwork. Silver coins that were melted down to ingot bars and turquoise tabs that were formerly part of a necklace are the repurposed materials that make up this very early 20th Century bracelet.

Three turquoise cabochons with pump-drilled holes are set on a platform surrounded by small silver drops. The platform rests on a hand forged shank composed of ingot silver that was  made by melting down silver coins. The shank is decorated with a series of crescent and small circular stamps. Each tip of the silver shank was punched from the inside to form a raised dome of silver on the front side.

This amazing bracelet is both a testament to the skill of early silversmiths as well as a piece of history.


Condition: The Very Early Bracelet with Pump Drilled Stones is in very good condition. The stones show wear, but are secure, not cracked. The silver is in great shape.

Provenance: From a Colorado Southwest Indian Jewelry collector

Recommended Reading: Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths by John Adair


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"

Alternate side view of the stampwork of this bracelet.

Artist Unknown
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Silver and Turquoise
  • Size: 5-½” end to end, 1-¼” opening; ⅞” wide
    Wrist size: 6-3/4"
  • Item # C4104H
  • Price: $1,925.00

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