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Native American Jewelry193 of 381sterling silver braceletFlea Market Find!! Signed Navajo Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelets > Justin Morris & V. Hicks
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    Posted 6 years ago

    valentino97
    (725 items)

    I found this beautiful cuff bracelet last week at Kobey's swapmeet in San Diego, CA. It is slightly domed - 1/8" thick!, 1" wide with inlay turquoise and coral chips (not dyed macaroni) in the Zuni style. In fact it was marked Zuni on the price tag. Thanks Share for pointing me towards the famous Navajo Tommy Singer. I did some more research online and I think this is an "old pawn" item made of coin silver. It could be as old as the 1930's or as new as the 1970's and many pieces weren't signed. Old pawn style goes back as far as the late 1800's - but this piece doesn't resemble those styles I researched.

    Navajo silversmiths put all or much of their wealth in the pieces they made. They wore them with pride for special occasions and left them with the pawn for safe keeping - and to borrow against, paid off and then returned again. Dead pawn refers to items that were never paid off by the owner.

    Another interesting fact is that these "old pawn" items were not made for the tourist trade. The depression in 1930's slowed down the popularity for Native American jewelry (except of course we know that many collectors and silversmiths would still collect and create). In the 1970's an explosion of popularity brought the beautiful Native American styles back full force.

    I am so happy to own this beauty!

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    1. freiheit freiheit, 6 years ago
      I discovered just recently Zuni and other Native American jewelry and I love it. I did miss out on many nice pieces before because I didn't know what they were. Now that I know, I have not found any. That's life!
    2. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thanks Kerry! Hope you are having a great summer.
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thank you Gudrun - if you like this - do some research on ebay to see what is out there right now to recognize the difference between new and vintage Native American jewelry. I like some of the newer items - but mainly collect items made before 1980. There is so much gorgeous jewelry out there and it is pretty expensive, but this cuff was the right $! I was thrilled.

      PS: During my San Diego weekend shopping the swap and the famous Newport Avenue antique shops I only came across a few pastel carved celluloid bangles and more plain ivory bangles and carved necklaces. They were expensive! I was surprised.

      Always enjoy talking w/you - Mary
    4. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thanks gargoylecollector for the love!
    5. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thanks AGH for the love!
    6. Zowie Zowie, 6 years ago
      It's really effective in it's style the opal looks good
    7. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thanks Zowie - it is a striking blue turquoise and red coral balance isn't it?

      Thanks friends for the loves: AGH, Woman34, Sean, Kevin, Caperkid and Mike.
    8. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 6 years ago
      Hi Hon...Look up Tommy Singer.

      I'll connect a link for you after I go grab it. I'll be back.
    9. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 6 years ago
      P.S. He's a Navajo but he designed this style. I'll be back
    10. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 6 years ago
      Here's a quick link but you can find so much about him and his brothers. I think it was last year that he passed away and usually his pieces fetch a good grip!

      https://nativeamericanjewelrytips.wordpress.com/tag/tommy-singer/
    11. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Hi Share - THANKS! I wondered if this was Navajo because the silver star is very dramatic and not delicate like most Zuni work.
    12. freiheit freiheit, 6 years ago
      Thanks a lot for your information, hints, and kind words, Mary. I, too, enjoy "talking" to you and looking at your posts.
      I have not found any bargains here recently. I have found, however, an antique market about an hour from here that had a wonderful selection of vintage Native American pieces. But they were not cheap; they were starting at about $300 and went to $600 and more, and I usually don't spend that much money just because I like something. My husband didn't pick up on my hints either. I guess I have to keep suggesting that I really, really need at least one more of those stunning, hand-made bangles on my arm:)
      Gudrun
    13. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 6 years ago
      You are so welcome. I do love the Zuni work too and their techniques are quite unique with detail and colors. I can imagine this one looks great on tho, right?! The simplicity of it has character for sure.
    14. Zowie Zowie, 6 years ago
      I think so it really works together
    15. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thanks Gudrun - keep hunting. You can find the right thing for less than $300. Going to the antique market is good - and bargain - cash is king!
    16. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thanks Share for pointing me towards Tommy Singer and to look at Navajo styles.
    17. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thanks Zowie for your nice comment!

      Thanks friends: Kerry, Gudrun, gargoyle, agh, woman34, sean, zowie, kevin, caperkid, mike, karen, ivonne, rick, trey, share and newtimes!
    18. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 years ago
      Stunning!! It's so beautiful!!
    19. Zowie Zowie, 6 years ago
      My pleasure it's only the truth for me anyway
    20. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thank you Elisabeth - I owe you a nice long newsy email. August is my "back to school" month with store events. I've been so busy every day. Please, just go back to school! :)
    21. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thank you Zowie!

      Thanks also to all my CW friends for the love.
    22. Zowie Zowie, 6 years ago
      It's a pleasure again
    23. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Yes Pease and Kyra - both removed, I enjoyed your comments so much!!! Got some good laughs today which I need.

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