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Paula says - "Wonderful old style pin made from sterling silver; hand cut, deeply hand-stamped, smoothed and polished leaving some areas intentionally oxidized or darkened. A polished turquoise stone is set in a hand-cut serrated bezel. Sterling silver rope braid encircles the bezel. Albert Cleveland typically uses King's Manassa turquoise, known for its brilliant greens with gold or brown matrix.
"Albert Cleveland is currently making most of his retro-style jewelry from copper and nickel silver. So, we are pleased to be able to offer this sterling silver pin from our inventory stash."
Dime above shows scale of Bear.
Albert Cleveland is of the Dashchanii clan and was born on the Navajo reservation near Mt. Taylor. He and his wife live near Gallup, New Mexico. He His brother is Bobby Cleveland and his parents Etta and Philip Cleveland. Cleveland signs his pieces AC if he works on them alone or AJC when his wife Jacqualine works with him. Albert Cleveland works in a retro style, reminiscent of the 1940's curio shop work which featured Native American symbols such as thunderbirds, Bears, Bears, Bears and other animals.
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.
King's Manassa Turquoise (Conejos County, Colorado) is best known for its brilliant greens and golden and brown non-webbed matrices, but blue and blue-green stone is found there as well. This site, east of the town of Manassa, was originally mined by Ancestral Pueblo peoples. It was rediscovered in 1890 by gold prospector I.P. King, and his descendants still work the claim.