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SOLD - Baby-Child-Youth Bracelets

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Why do we list SOLD items on our site?

Well, for one reason, older pages are well recognized by search engines, so they continue to come up when you search for a specific item or artist and thereby bring you to our site. Also, showing items that we have sold in the past displays to you, the buyer, a historic view of items.

If you see something that we have sold and that you'd like to purchase, look in the heavy blue or red bar just above this message and click on the last link. That will take you to the group page where you will see all similar items we have for sale. We don't take special orders but we do list new items daily and they will appear first on our NEW page.

Having sold items and their prices on the site is a good indicator of inflation and especially the increased value of authentic Native American jewelry, fetishes and other artwork. Bear in mind that items in the SOLD section could be from as long as 10 years ago so could be 1/2 or less the current price for a similar item.

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SOLD BCY BRACELETS
Vintage NOS Sterling Silver baby youth bracelet
BP322 - 4 1/2"
"Foal Whisperer"
1/8" dia. wire
3/16" dia. ball ends
sterling silver
White Buffalo Collection
New Old Stock

$30
SOLD

Authentic Native American  Zuni Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY130 - 4 3/8"
Turquoise Petit Point
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

$45
SOLD

Authentic  Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver baby bracelet
BCY-99K - 4 3/8"
Baby foal whisperer with ball ends (see matching bracelets for Mom and Dad).

$16
SOLD
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY135 - 4 1/4" to 4 3/4"
Coral Inlay Hearts
Karla Chavez, Zuni

$35
SOLD

Hand made Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY115B - 4 5/8 to 5 3/8"
1/8" wide at face
5 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
BCT Zuni
$38
SOLD
Hand made Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet BCY115A - 4 1/8" to 4 7/8"
1/8" wide at face
5 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
BCT Zuni
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)
$38 
SOLD
Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY128 - 4 1/4" to 4 3/4"
Turquoise
3/4" tall at the front
Emma Spencer, Navajo
Hallmarks: SPENCER STERLING

$50
SOLD

Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY124 - 4 1/4" to 4 3/4"
5 stone Turquoise
Jackie Lincoln, Navajo

$25 SOLD

Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY126 - 4 1/4" to 4 3/4"
Coral Sweater Bracelet
Elton Cadman, Navajo

$25 SOLD

Hand made Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet

BCY99F - 4 7/8"
15/16" tall at face
.
Hallmarks: Marie B Sterling
Marie Bahe, Navajo

F
$39
  SOLD
Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY123 - 4 1/4" to 4 3/4"
5 stone Coral
Jackie Lincoln, Navajo

$25 SOLD

Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY120 - 4 3/8"
3/4" tall at face.
Sterling Silver with green turquoise
Hallmarks: Marie B. Sterling
Marie Bahe, Navajo

$40 SOLD

Authentic Native American Navajo Sterling Silver baby bracelet
BCY114B - 4 3/4"
1/2" tall at face.
Bear paw shadowbox with turquoise cabochon.

$20 SOLD

Hand made Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet

BCY99E - 4 7/8"
15/16" tall at face.

Hallmarks: Marie B Sterling
Marie Bahe, Navajo

$39  SOLD
Authentic Native American Navajo Sterling Silver baby bracelet
BCY114A - 3 3/4"
1/2" tall at face.
Bear paw shadowbox with turquoise cabochon.

$16 SOLD

Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY121 - 4 3/8"
3/4" tall at face.
Sterling Silver with blue turquoise
Hallmarks: Marie B. Sterling
Marie Bahe, Navajo

$40 SOLD

Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY99L - 4 3/8"
7/8" tall at face.
Sterling Silver Concho with turquoise stone.

B $36 SOLD

Hand made Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY106 - 4 5/8"
1/8" wide
1 turquoise stone
Hallmarks:
G Sterling
$20 SOLD
Authentic  Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver baby bracelet

BCY117 - 4 3/8"
Elaine Tahe, Navajo
Hallmarks: STERLING T
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

$30 SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY115A - 4 1/2"
1/8" wide at face
5 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
BCT Zuni
$38  SOLD
Hand made Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY115B - 5"
1/8" wide at face
5 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
BCT Zuni
$38  SOLD
Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY123 - 4 1/4" to 4 3/4"
5 stone Coral
Jackie Lincoln, Navajo

$25 SOLD

Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY123 - 4 1/4" to 4 3/4"
5 stone Coral
Jackie Lincoln, Navajo

$25 SOLD

Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY123 - 4 1/4" to 4 3/4"
5 stone Coral
Jackie Lincoln, Navajo

$25 SOLD

Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY124 - 4 1/4" to 4 3/4"
5 stone Turquoise
Jackie Lincoln, Navajo

$25 SOLD

Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY124 - 4 1/4" to 4 3/4"
5 stone Turquoise
Jackie Lincoln, Navajo

$25 SOLD

Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY124 - 4 1/4" to 4 3/4"
5 stone Turquoise
Jackie Lincoln, Navajo

$25 SOLD

Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY126 - 4 1/4" to 4 3/4"
Coral Sweater Bracelet
Elton Cadman, Navajo

$25 SOLD

Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY126 - 4 1/4" to 4 3/4"
Coral Sweater Bracelet
Elton Cadman, Navajo

$25 SOLD

Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY125 - 4 1/4" to 4 3/4"
Turquoise Sweater Bracelet
Elton Cadman, Navajo
Hallmark STERLING

BCY-125
$25 SOLD

Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY123 - 4 1/4" to 4 3/4"
5 stone Coral
Jackie Lincoln, Navajo

BCY-123
$25 SOLD

Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY124 - 4 1/4" to 4 3/4"
5 stone Turquoise
Jackie Lincoln, Navajo

BCY-124
$25 SOLD

Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY120 - 4 3/8"
3/4" tall at face.
Sterling Silver with green turquoise
Hallmarks: Marie B. Sterling
Marie Bahe, Navajo

BCY-120
$40 SOLD

Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY121 - 4 3/8"
3/4" tall at face.
Sterling Silver with blue turquoise
Hallmarks: Marie B. Sterling
Marie Bahe, Navajo

BCY-121
$40 SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY103 - 5"
3/8" wide at face
1 turquoise stone
Hallmarks:
Sterling
BCY-103
$20
 SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bearpaw bracelet
BCY114A - 3 3/4"
1/2" tall at face.
Bear paw shadowbox with turquoise cabochon.

BCY-114-A
$16 SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver horse bracelet
BCY99D 4 7/8"
5/8" tall at widest point.
Sand cast design with turquoise cabochon.
BCY-99-D
$16
     SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY101 - 4 3/4"
7/16" wide at front
5 coral stones
Hallmarks:
Sterling
BCY-101
$25
 SOLD
Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY126 - 4 1/4" to 4 3/4"
Coral Sweater Bracelet
Elton Cadman, Navajo

$25 SOLD

Authentic Native American  Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY121 - 4 3/8"
3/4" tall at face.
Sterling Silver with blue turquoise
Hallmarks: Marie B. Sterling
Marie Bahe, Navajo

$40 SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet

BCY116 - 5"
3/8" wide at face
8 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
EC Sterling
Elton Cadman, Navajo

BCY-116
$38
SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY115 - 5 1/8"
1/8" wide at face
5 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
BCT Zuni
BCY-115
$22
 SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY105 - 4 1/2"
1/8" wide
10 turquoise stones
BCY-105
$30
 SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY103 - 5"
3/8" wide at face
1 turquoise stone
Hallmarks:
Sterling
BCY-103
$20
 SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY105 - 4 1/2"
1/8" wide
10 turquoise stones
BCY-105
$30
 SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY115 - 5 1/8"
1/8" wide at face
5 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
BCT Zuni
BCY-115
$22
 SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY103 - 5"
3/8" wide at face
1 turquoise stone
Hallmarks:
Sterling
BCY-103
$20
 SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bearpaw bracelet
BCY114A - 3 3/4"
1/2" tall at face.
Bear paw shadowbox with turquoise cabochon.

BCY-114-A
$16 SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet

BCY116 - 5"
3/8" wide at face
8 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
EC Sterling
Elton Cadman, Navajo

BCY-116
$38
  SOLD
Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY121 - 4 3/8"
3/4" tall at face.
Sterling Silver with blue turquoise
Hallmarks: Marie B. Sterling
Marie Bahe, Navajo

BCY-121
$40 SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY115 - 5 1/8"
1/8" wide at face
5 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
BCT Zuni
BCY-115
$22
 SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY103 - 5"
3/8" wide at face
1 turquoise stone
Hallmarks:
Sterling
BCY-103
$20
 SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY103 - 5"
3/8" wide at face
1 turquoise stone
Hallmarks:
Sterling
BCY-103
$20
 SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY105 - 4 1/2"
1/8" wide
10 turquoise stones
BCY-105
$30
 SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet

BCY99E - 4 7/8"
15/16" tall at face.

Hallmarks: Marie B Sterling
Marie Bahe, Navajo

BCY-99-E
$39
     SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY105 - 4 1/2"
1/8" wide
10 turquoise stones
BCY-105
$30
     SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver baby bracelet

4 3/8"
Hallmarks: STERLING T
Elaine Tahe, Navajo


BCY117
$24    SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver baby bracelet

4 3/8"
Hallmarks: STERLING T
Elaine Tahe, Navajo


BCY117
$24    SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY105 - 4 1/2"
1/8" wide
10 turquoise stones
BCY-105
$30
     SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bearpaw bracelet
BCY114A - 3 3/4"
1/2" tall at face.
Bear paw shadowbox with turquoise cabochon.

BCY-114-A
$16     SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY118 - 4 7/8"
1" tall at face
.
Hallmarks: PERRY Sterling
Martin Perry, Navajo
BCY-118
$50
  SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY118 - 4 7/8"
1" tall at face
.
Hallmarks: PERRY Sterling
Martin Perry, Navajo
BCY-118
$50
   SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet

BCY116 - 5"
3/8" wide at face
8 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
EC Sterling
Elton Cadman, Navajo

BCY-116
$38
    SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet

BCY116 - 5"
3/8" wide at face
8 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
EC Sterling
Elton Cadman, Navajo

BCY-116
$38
    SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY115 - 5 1/8"
1/8" wide at face
5 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
BCT Zuni
BCY-115
$22
      SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY115 - 5 1/8"
1/8" wide at face
5 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
BCT Zuni
BCY-115
$22
      SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY106 - 4 5/8"
1/8" wide
1 turquoise stone
Hallmarks:
G Sterling
BCY-106
$20
     SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bearpaw bracelet
BCY114A - 3 3/4"
1/2" tall at face.
Bear paw shadowbox with turquoise cabochon.

BCY-114-A
$16     SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver horse bracelet
BCY99L - 4 3/8"
7/8" tall at face.
Sterling Silver Concho with turquoise stone.

BCY-99- L
$36     SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY105 - 4 1/2"
1/8" wide
10 turquoise stones
BCY-105
$30
     SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bearpaw bracelet
BCY114A - 3 3/4"
1/2" tall at face.
Bear paw shadowbox with turquoise cabochon.

BCY-114-A
$16     SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY101 - 4 3/4"
7/16" wide at front
5 coral stones
Hallmarks:
Sterling
BCY-101
$25
     SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver baby bracelet

4 3/8"
Hallmarks: STERLING T
Elaine Tahe, Navajo


BCY117
$24    SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY105 - 4 1/2"
1/8" wide
10 turquoise stones
BCY-105
$30
     SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY115 - 5 1/8"
1/8" wide at face
5 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
BCT Zuni
BCY-115
$22
      SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet

BCY99E - 4 7/8"
15/16" tall at face.

Hallmarks: Marie B Sterling
Marie Bahe, Navajo

BCY-99-E
$39
      SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet

BCY116 - 5"
3/8" wide at face
8 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
EC Sterling
Elton Cadman, Navajo

BCY-116
$38
    SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY105 - 4 1/2"
1/8" wide
10 turquoise stones
BCY-105
$30
     SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver horse bracelet
BCY99B - 4 5/8"
3/8" at widest point
Sand cast design with turquoise cabochon.

BCY-99-B
$16 SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY104 - 4 5/8"
3/8" wide at front
1 turquoise stone
Hallmarks:
Sterling
BCY-104
$20
SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY105 - 4 1/2"
1/8" wide
10 turquoise stones
BCY-105
$30
     SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
M - 4 5/8"
Tahe Mesh Bracelet, 1/2" wide
Stamped "STERLING TAHE"


BCY-99- M
$19    SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY103 - 5"
3/8" wide at face
1 turquoise stone
Hallmarks:
Sterling
BCY-103
$20
 SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY104 - 4 5/8"
3/8" wide at front
1 turquoise stone
Hallmarks:
Sterling
BCY-104
$20
SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver horse bracelet
BCY99B - 4 5/8"
3/8" at widest point
Sand cast design with turquoise cabochon.

BCY-99-B
$16 SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver horse bracelet
BCY99D 4 7/8"
5/8" tall at widest point.
Sand cast design with turquoise cabochon.
BCY-99-D
$16
  SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bearpaw bracelet
BCY114A - 3 3/4"
1/2" tall at face.
Bear paw shadowbox with turquoise cabochon.

BCY-114-A
$16 SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver horse bracelet
BCY99B - 4 5/8"
3/8" at widest point
Sand cast design with turquoise cabochon.

BCY-99-B
$16 SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY105 - 4 1/2"
1/8" wide
10 turquoise stones
BCY-105
$30
SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver horse bracelet
BCY99B - 4 5/8"
3/8" at widest point
Sand cast design with turquoise cabochon.

BCY-99-B
$16 SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY104 - 4 5/8"
3/8" wide at front
1 turquoise stone
Hallmarks:
Sterling
BCY-104
$20
SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY102B - 4"
1/8" wide
4 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
BCT Zuni
BCY-102B
$22
     SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY105 - 4 1/2"
1/8" wide
10 turquoise stones
BCY-105
$30
     SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver horse bracelet
BCY99B - 4 5/8"
3/8" at widest point
Sand cast design with turquoise cabochon.

BCY-99-B
$16 SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY104 - 4 5/8"
3/8" wide at front
1 turquoise stone
Hallmarks:
Sterling
BCY-104
$20
SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bearpaw bracelet
BCY114B - 4 3/4"
1/2" tall at face.
Bear paw shadowbox with turquoise cabochon.

BCY-114-B
$16 SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY105 - 4 1/2"
1/8" wide
10 turquoise stones
BCY-105
$30
SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY100 - 4 5/8"
1/2" wide at front
5 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
Sterling
Elton Cadman, Navajo
BCY-100
$25
SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY102B - 4"
1/8" wide
4 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
BCT Zuni
BCY-102B
$22
SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bearpaw bracelet
BCY114A - 3 3/4"
1/2" tall at face.
Bear paw shadowbox with turquoise cabochon.

BCY-114-A
$16 SOLD

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver bracelet
BCY102A - 4 1/2"
1/8" wide
4 turquoise stones
Hallmarks:
BCT Zuni
BCY-102A
$22
     SOLD
Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver horse bracelet
BCY99C - 4 1/2"
1/2" tall at face.
Bear paw shadowbox with turquoise cabochon.

BCY-99-C
$16 SOLD

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Native American Jewelry Blog tips and iinformationThe stone bracelets in our store are made primarily by Native American artists of the Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi tribes of the Southwest United States. To start out with, we'd like to give you an idea of how their style of jewelry making differs from each other.

Navajo - The Navajo were the first silversmiths. The commonly design jewelry around a stone's natural shape. When Navajo do inlay, it is bolder than Zuni inlay and usually has silver between the inlaid pieces (called "channel inlay").

Zuni - The Zuni are stonesmiths that cuts stones to fit into a precise geometric pattern or design. They tend to use four traditional colors:

  • Blue - turquoise
  • Red - Coral
  • Black - Jet or Onyx
  • White - Opal or Mother of Pearl

Their inlay tends to be more complex than Navajo, with more cuts and patterns. They usually don't use silver between the inlaid pieces but produce "stone on stone" inlays.

The Zuni also produce meticulous Needlepoint (narrow stones pointed on both ends) and Petit Point (any other small cut stone shape such as oval, teardrop etc.) pieces, often in clusters.

Most snake designs are done by the Zuni.

Hopi - The Hopi are silversmiths and design pieces mostly of solid silver with a cutout design on top of the main piece. The background is usually oxidized and etched with hashmarks. Two characteristics of Hopi work are two pieces of silver soldered together and minimal use of stones.

Hallmark:
Most modern Indian jewelry is stamped "Sterling", for sterling silver, and is signed or has a hallmark by the artist. However a lack of hallmarks, initials, or signatures doesn't mean it is not authentic. In the past, most reservation-made Indian jewelry was not signed and had no hallmark.

Stones

Native American Indians use many types of stones in making bracelets and other jewelry. Read about different kinds of stone here.

The traditional stone used in southwest Native American stone bracelets and other jewelry is turquoise.

Turquoise comes in all shades of blue, to blue-green, with a possible shading towards brown-veined greens. Matrix (veining) may or may not be present in any color(s). It is the natural variations in turquoise that make it appealing. The color of turquoise in American Indian jewelry ranges from brownish green to bright blue.

Found in veins sandwiched in between layers of mother rock, the turquoise can show some of the influence of the mother rock in its matrix or veining. The matrix colors range from blue to golden brown to black and sometimes with golden flecks (sometimes called "fools gold" or iron pirite) which is very desirable.

The more blue, the higher the copper content. The more green, the higher the iron content.

Sometimes turquoise is cut so that it takes some of the mother rock with it. This is referred to as "Boulder Turquoise" and happens to be very popular right now as it shows great contrast between the turquoise and the rock which surrounded it.

Not All Turquoise is Created Equal

If you are looking at two turquoise bracelets one at $30 and the other at $500, what is the difference? Well, there are many uses and misuses of the word turquoise.

Natural Turquoise is a stone that has not been altered in any way. It is the way it was found in nature. Natural Turquoise looks very real and beautiful but, over time, when exposed to light, sweat, perfume, makeup, oils and detergents, it can deteriorate (crumble) and lose its color or change color to a pale green. It can also lose its structural stability and crumble and crack. To deal with these problems, methods have been developed to preserve turquoise. Manufacturers and dealers use the following terms in a non-standard fashion, so if you are ever in doubt when purchasing a turquoise item, you should ask about the origin of the turquoise and its treatment.

Enhanced Turquoise usually refers to a natural stone that has been treated with electrical currents that hardens the stone and enhances the color. Nothing else is done to the stone. Enhanced turquoise should not change color over time.

Stabilized Turquoise has been impregnated with an acrylic or epoxy to harden the stone and enhance the color. Almost all turquoise used for heishi necklaces and fetish carvings is stabilized because otherwise the heishi would quickly fade and break.

Compressed stones have been hardened by extreme pressure.

Fracture-Sealing uses resin or polymer to harden the matrix in the stone. (Matrix is other minerals mixed in the turquoise or portions of the "mother rock" in which the turquoise formed. Matrix appears in the turquoise as uneven areas of brown or black).

Artificial or Imitation Turquoise - There are a number of manufactured turquoise products, some of which look like real stone and others that look like plastic. Some minerals, like howlite, can be dyed to look like turquoise.

Synthetic and Lab Grown Turquoise have the same chemical composition and physical look of natural turquoise.

Block Turquoise is manufactured in blocks and is made to look like turquoise. It may be all plastic polymer or it may have crushed or powdered turquoise or other stone mixed with resin or polymer. Block Turquoise sometimes has swirls or blobs of dark dye added to simulate the look of matrix.

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