Paula's Collection - Native American Navajo and Gold Bear Bracelet

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Native American pawn jewelry Ken and Mary Bill - Navajo
Sterling Silver and Gold Bear Bracelet
HK Item #BP239

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Authentic Native American Sterling Silver and Gold Bracelet by Navajo Ken and Mary Bill

Condition
Pre-owned, excellent, see photos for patina
Materials
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Gold, Read about gold
Size
6 1/2" total inside circumference and approximate wrist size. See diagram below.
Can be adjusted approximately 1/4" larger or smaller.

7/16" wide all around
Weight
22 grams
Hallmark
K&M BILL NAVAJO
STERLING 1/20 12K G.F.
Artist
Ken and Mary Bill, Navajo

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver and Gold Bracelet by Navajo Ken and Mary Bill

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver and Gold Bracelet by Navajo Ken and Mary Bill

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Ken and Mary Bill - Navajo
Sterling Silver
and Gold Bear Bracelet

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Paula says - "I always wondered why some of the figures are stamped one way and some the other. When I asked one of my pithy friends, she simply replied 'To see and to show' which makes perfect sense. We've left its patina as is but if you wish you can buff it to a brilliant shine."

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver and Gold Bracelet by Navajo Ken and Mary Bill

We leave the natural patina on our pawn jewelry because many of our customers like the old "" appearance. If you'd like to clean up your silver jewerly, new or old, check out our handy silver cleaning and polishing cloth.

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Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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Patina
A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance. All items in our Vintage Shop have some patina, even .
Vintage30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Made at least 20 years ago but never used.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.

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Bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of fetish carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. He has supernatural powers, great healing powers. Bear is a symbol deliberate action, introspection, soul and insight for the past and the future. The Bear is the guardian of the West an is one of the animals of the Six Directions.

Native American pawn jewelryPaula's Collection                   

During my early years, I accompanied my parents on trips every year, usually to Florida to escape the harsh midwest winters but also out west on summer road trips. During those trips, I accumulated the type of tourist grade Native American jewelry that a kid would buy and now, years later those items are referred to as being "Fred Harvey" style. Fred Harvey was an entrepreneur who created an avenue for Indians to make and sell jewelry to the tourists. Jewelry of the Fred Harvey era has typical Indian kitsch of arrows, tomahawks, tipis, thunderbirds and so on and was most produced from 130- throughout the 1950s.

You can read more about Fred Harvey here.

From childhood through college and beyond, I had an eye for that type of jewelry and collected it, yet rarely wore it !! About the only jewelry I wore for years was a Swiss Army watch and my wedding band. My Mother, also a jewelry lover, gave me a few Native American pieces she had picked up. That really got me interested in older pawn items.Yet I was a collector, not a wearer.

Then suddenly, about ten years ago I started wearing first one Native American item, then another and soon I felt incomplete if I didn't wear at least one bracelet and necklace or pendant. Now I wear rings, belt buckles, watches and all things Native American. My favorites include lapis lazuli items, water bird pendants, Hopi bracelets and pendants, anything with Man in the Maze on it, silver beads, heishi of all kinds, storyteller bracelets, rings of all kinds, all kinds of fetishes and more.

Once I started working here at Horsekeeping and they added Native American jewelry to the website, my personal collection quickly outgrew my jewelry box.....so much so that I had to make a rule. Maybe some of you have done this with the clothes or shoes or purses in your closet. For every new item I bring into my personal collection, I must trade out at least one item. I've been doing this for years and now have quite a box of items that I will list in my own section "Paula's Collection".

When I first began collecting Native American items, I didn't realize the importance of knowing the artist's name - if I liked something and wanted it, I bought it. Native American Jewelry Blog tips and iinformationBut now with all of our personal contacts with artists, our reference library, and our interest in providing as much information as we can to our customers, we are all very interested in finding out the artist's name, relatives, and tribal affiliation. So I'll do my best to give you the most information I can on each piece.

I hope you enjoy browsing through our pawn shop - and Paula's Collection - it is a treasure trove of American History!

 

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