Authentic Native American Navajo Indian Sterling Silver Overlay Bracelet
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Paula says -
"Navajo sterling silver overlay bracelets are becoming a lost art. This bracelet has a striking pattern and exquisite workmanship. the stamping will vary ever so slightly from the one pictured as each bracelet is hand made."
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What is Overlay?
Overlay pieces are made of two layers. The bottom layer is a solid sterling silver piece. The top layer has a cutout design. The cutout is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, that is heated so that they become one.
The bottom layer (background to the cutout) is usually accented. The Navajo silversmiths oxidize the bottom layer which darkens it. Navajo silversmiths oxidize and etch the background (texturize it) with hashmarks.