Authentic Native American Navajo Indian Tortoise Shell Bracelet

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San Diego Pawn CollectionVintage  Sterling Silver             
Authentic Navajo Pawn Jewelry Tree of Life Bracelet
HK Item #BST424 - Small

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Native American Navajo  Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver turquoise shell tree of life bracelet

The medallion is 1 1/4" tall x 1" wide
and has the Tree of Life inlayed with turquoise.

Size

6" inside circumference including gap
1" gap
Small
Somewhat adjustable - see how

Stones
Turquoise shell, turquoise - Read about stones
Hallmarks
None (tests as sterling silver)
Artist
Unknown Navajo

Native American Navajo  Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver turquoise shell tree of life bracelet

Vintage Sterling Silver
Tortoise Shell Tree of Life Bracelet
BST424 - Small
$290 plus s/h
SOLD

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Paula says -

"Tortoise shell was used in Native American jewelry prior to 1973 when it was outlawed, as the hawksbill turtle became an endangered species at that time.

"The Tree of Life is most often seen in Native American rugs, notably Navajo.

"In my opinion, this set shows all the design characteristics and workmanship of being Navajo made. But because we are unable to attribute the hallmark to a specific artist we can't legally sell it as Native American made - read more."

Native American Navajo  Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver turquoise shell tree of life bracelet

San Diego Pawn CollectionThe San Diego Collection

The items in the San Diego Collection came from an estate collection of a California widower. His wife had collected Native American jewelry during the 1960s - 1980s and was particularly fond of squash blossom necklaces and Santo Domingo stone and heishi necklaces. She also had a very nice collection of bracelets, some of which were made by artists whose work is now highly collectible.

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.
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.

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