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Sterling Silver and Chip Inlay
Medicine Bear Pony Tail Cover

HK Item #BAR931

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Sterling Silver and chip inlay Medicine Bear pony tail Cover

Size
2" tall
Materials
turquoise, coral, Read about stones
sterling silver, Read about silver
Hallmark
stamped: Sterling   HB
Artist
unknown

Sterling Silver and chip inlay Medicine Bear pony tail Cover

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Sterling Silver and Chip Inlay
Medicine Bear Pony Tail Cover

BAR931   $125 plus s/h      

Paula says - "In my opinion, this pony tail cover 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."

Sterling Silver and chip inlay Medicine Bear pony tail Cover

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Sterling Silver and chip inlay Medicine Bear pony tail Cover

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What is Chip Inlay?

Chip inlay is a method where cavities in jewelry are filled with a mixture of crushed stone, typically turquoise and coral, and epoxy resin. The piece is then polished smooth after the resin has hardened. Navajo Tommy Singer is credited for first using chip inlay in Native American jewelry.

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.

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.

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