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Elisabethan's loves581 of 5606Antique silver and paste earrings... kyratised!Rare, Rare, Canadian Sherman Alexandrite Bracelet, 1950's, Magnifique
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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Copper became a popular tourist purchase as families hit the road for vacation in the 60's and 70's. It wasn't as expensive as sterling, and some examples were very nice. I think I have a few of those :-) They don't have clear coat so these are the bracelets that turn some people green!

    Pic 1: Widest is 1.75" cuff and round motif, no marks. Big cuffs that would have been sold at road-side tourist shops in gas stations etc.
    Pic 2: Also shows 2 wide band cuffs. The widest 1.25" is marked solid copper around a bell from the famous Bell copper company. The thinner one might be older it's only marked solid copper in an oval.
    Pic 3: My Favorite!! 2" wide, no marks - feels good on and I love the dark copper patina.
    Pic 4: Most of these were only a dollar or so. Thin - 3/16" to 1/2". Nothing marked but all are copper.

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    1. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 4 years ago
      Wow, Val! When I wrote "collection" I wasn't aware of the extent of it! That's so cool!
    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      These are great!
    3. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Yep! A cool, beautiful collection!
    4. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
      Copper is very hard to find here where I live. My theory about this is that maybe it is easy to tell, even for an untrained eye, that they are neither gold nor silver, and for that reason this kind of jewelry might have been thrown out eventually. Also tourism from this part of Canada to the south west might have been sparse.

      It is just too bad that copper jewelry is rare here because, as your posts show, this jewelry can be so beautiful! I admire the designs and craftsmanship!
    5. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 4 years ago
      Looks like you hit the jackpot!
      These are all winners ! :)
    6. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 4 years ago
      I really do love how you group your jewelry! I had no idea there were so many types of these...they are just awesome and I'm glad they found you!!! The only copper bracelet I have is one I've had since 7th or 8th grade and one braded adjustable ring that I do wear when my hand hurts. And by no means would I call you a hoarder. You have actual collections and very nice ones at that!!!
    7. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Thank you Bijou, Bonnie, Kyra and Ken for your nice comments about these Western-style solid copper items.
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Thank you Gudrun - What I'm showing here is not the copper items currently found at airports. These are all solid copper. They would have been offered as cheaper than sterling at tourist shops that specialized in Native American, Also truck stops, gift shops along Rt 66 and up and down Western highways, and definitely has that vibe.

      Thank you Share for your comments about my collection of copper!

      Thanks friends for loving my Western style copper: Scott, Aura, Thomas, Fleafinder, Swanlake, Roy, Mike, OneGoodFind, Lamplover, Fort, Judy, Karen, Mani, Lentilka and Nicefice!

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