Vintage Turquoise Bracelet

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Vintage JewelryVintage Bell Trading Co. - Sterling Silver
7-Stone Turquoise Baby-Youth Bracelet
HK Item #BP301

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Vintage Sterling Silver and 7-StoneTurquoise Baby or Youth Bracelet

Condition
Vintage, Pre-owned, excellent; stones firmly set with no cracks, chips or missing pieces; see photos for patina
Materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
turquoise, Read about stones
Size
4 1/2" total inside circumference and approximate wrist size. See diagram below.

Can be opened or closed approx. 1/4".

3/4" gap between ends, included int the 4 1/2" circumference.

1/8" wide all around
Hallmark
stamped: STERLING and the Bell Trading Complany sign
Artist
unknown

Bracelet measurements

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Vintage Bell Trading Co. - Sterling Silver
7-Stone Turquoise Baby-Youth Bracelet
size 4 3/4

BP301 - $50 SOLD

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Paula says: "Are you wondering why this item is not described as Native American? You can find the answer by clicking here."

Vintage Sterling Silver and 7-StoneTurquoise Bracelet

Band is fully stamped.

We leave the natural patina on our pawn jewelry because many of our customers like the old "vintage" 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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The Bell Trading Company was founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1935 by Jack Michelson and his wife Mildred. They sold Native American Indian jewelry at various tourist locations in the southwestern United States until the late 1980s. Their main competitor was Maisel's Indian Trading Post. The Bell company got its name from Jack's wife, whose maiden name was Bell. In 1972 the company name was changed to Sunbell Corp. and items including giftware and moccasins were added to the jewelry inventory. The types of jewelry sold by Bell Trading included sterling silver, nickel silver, gold, and copper. Over the years numerous hallmarks were used on items sold by Bell Trading. The hallmarks typically included the image of a bell or that of an arrow sign post with a bell sign hanging from it. Shown here a just a few of Bell Trading Company's hallmarks.

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Bell Trading Company  hallmark     Bell Trading Company  hallmark   Bell Trading Company  hallmark

According to trademark records the mark "Bell Jewelry" (top row second from left) was first used in 1935, and the "Arrow post hanging bell sign" (top right and, bottom left) were first used in 1961.

TURQUOISE is associated with the sky, and bringing sky energy to earth. It is known as a master healer stone as it is believed to help speed the healing process. It is also thought that turquoise can help promote honest and clear communication from the heart.

Turquoise comes in all shades of blue, to blue-green and 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, 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. Many people prefer turquoise with matrix over clear stones. Read more about stones.

Why isn't this item called Native American?

The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many vintage items, even if they are authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.

Read about authenticity of Native American Indian jewelry.

NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.
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 .
Vintage
30 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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