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Navajo Sterling Silver Openwork Bracelet with 2"l Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Stone
Item #48430
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The openwork design, hand-stamped motifs, and splendid Sleeping Beauty turquoise cabochon of this magnificent Navajo Sterling Silver Openwork Bracelet with 1.375"l. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Stone reflects the mastery of two jewelry-making disciplines: silversmithing and lapidary work. Handmade in sterling silver by a Navajo silversmith. Handcrafted in the U.S.A. Naturally occurring turquoise variations and handmade bracelet assure each bracelet is one-of-a-kind.
The “skystone” turquoise—like the individually crafted turquoise cabochon jeweling this Navajo Sterling Silver Openwork Bracelet with 2"l. 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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