Navajo Sandcast Sterling Silver Morenci Turquoise Bracelet

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Harrison Bitsui - Navajo Sandcast Sterling Silver
Morenci Turquoise Bracelet
HK Item #BP371

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Authentic Native American sandcast sterling silver and Morenci Turquoise bracelet 6 3/4 by Navajo Harrison Bitsui

Condition
Pre-owned, excellent, like new; stone intact with no cracks, scratches or chips; smooth symmetric shape; even bright patina.
Size
6 3/4" total inside circumference and approximate wrist size. See diagram below.

1 1/4" tall at front, 1/4" at ends
Weight
41 grams
Materials
Morenci turquoise, Read about stones
sterling silver, Read about silver
Hallmarks
stamped: Sterling   H. Bit's
Artist
Harrison Bitsui, Navajo

Authentic Native American sandcast sterling silver and Morenci Turquoise bracelet 6 3/4 by Navajo Harrison Bitsui

Authentic Native American sandcast sterling silver and Morenci Turquoise bracelet 6 3/4 by Navajo Harrison Bitsui

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Sandcast Sterling Silver
Morenci Turquoise Bracelet

BP371 - $290 plus s/h
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Authentic Native American sandcast sterling silver and Morenci Turquoise bracelet 6 3/4 by Navajo Harrison Bitsui

Authentic Native American sandcast sterling silver and Morenci Turquoise bracelet 6 3/4 by Navajo Harrison Bitsui

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What does Sand Cast mean?

Sand cast items are Indian Hand Made items using a procedure developed by the Navajo silversmiths in the mid 1800s. It is a labor-intensive process that involves many steps.

Using Tufa Stone, a porous rock from volcanic ash, or Sandstone, a harder stone, the artist carves the design of the item being cast. Another flat stone is placed against the carved half of the mold. The halves are fastened together and a sprue hole is carved into one end. Molten silver is poured into the mold using the sprue hole. Once the silver cools, the item is taken out and finished. Bracelets are poured flat and then shaped.

Due to the porous nature of Tufa or Sand Stone, sandcast items will have character marks and imperfections such as small pits. That is the nature of Sand Casting and Indian Hand Made.


Morenci Turquoise came out of the Morenci Copper Mine in southeastern Arizona, the largest copper mine in the United States. The most valued stones range from light blue to bright blue. Some stones have an irregular matrix of quartz and pyrite (fool's gold), which resembles silver when polished. Other stones have a brown matrix called "Morenci red matrix". Because of its scarcity and beautiful colors Morenci Turquoise is highly prized.

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.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.

 

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