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Very Early Bracelet with Pump Drilled Stones

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  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Silver and Turquoise
  • Size: 5-½” end to end, 1-¼” opening; ⅞” wide
  • 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

Alternate side view of the stampwork of this bracelet.

  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Silver and Turquoise
  • Size: 5-½” end to end, 1-¼” opening; ⅞” wide
  • Item # C4104H
  • Price: $1,925.00

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