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Navajo Stamped Sterling Silver Openwork Bracelet with Square Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Stone
Item #48434
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Painstakingly hand crafted and stamped by a Navajo silversmith, this elegant Navajo Stamped Sterling Silver Openwork Bracelet with Square Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Stone is centered with a square stone of sky-blue Sleeping Beauty turquoise. Heavy-weight sterling silver. Handcrafted in the U.S.A. Naturally occurring turquoise variations and handcrafted sterling silver assure each bracelet is one-of-a-kind.
The “skystone” turquoise—like the individually crafted square turquoise cabochon jeweling this Navajo Stamped Sterling Silver Openwork Bracelet with Square Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Stone—has been mined by Native Americans since 1000 CE. Highly sought for its sky blue color and little-to-no veining, Sleeping Beauty turquoise comes from a now-closed Arizona mine of the same name. The long tradition of stamping designs into sterling silver is believed to have begun in the 1850s with Atsidi Sani, who is said to have learned to work silver from a Mexican smith. The extensive Navajo jewelry holdings of the National Museum of the American Indian include many beautiful examples of hand-stamped sterling silver jewelry, many adorned with Sleeping Beauty turquoise.

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