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Navajo Sterling Silver Openwork Bracelet with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cabochon
Item #48436
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The openwork design, hand-stamped motifs, and splendid Sleeping Beauty turquoise cabochon of this delicate Navajo Sterling Silver Openwork Bracelet with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cabochon reflects the mastery of two jewelry-making disciplines: silversmithing and lapidary work. Handmade in light-weight sterling silver by a Navajo silversmith. Handcrafted in the U.S.A.
The "skystone" turquoise—like the individually crafted turquoise cabochon jeweling this Navajo Sterling Silver Openwork Bracelet with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Cabochon—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.
5.5"w. Naturally occurring turquoise assures each bracelet is one-of-a-kind.
Highly regarded by ancient civilizations for its unique aqua coloring, turquoise is a rare phosphate of copper that only forms in the earth's most dry and barren regions. The name turquoise derives from the fact that this gemstone was brought to Europe from eastern Mediterranean traders, known as Turks. Colors can range from green and greenish blue to sky blue. Turquoise is a birthstone for December.

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