Lloyd Becenti - Navajo
Sterling Silver Storyteller Horse Bracelet
HK Item #NBS516 - size 6 5/8

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Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Storyteller Horse Bracelet by Navajo silversmith Lloyd Becenti

size
6 5/8" total inside circumference and approximate wrist size. See diagram below.
dimensions
1/2" wide at front
weight
31 grams
material
sterling silver, Read about silver
hallmarks
stamped: L BCT STERLING
artist
Lloyd Becenti, Navajo

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Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Storyteller Horse Bracelet by Navajo silversmith Lloyd Becenti

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Lloyd Becenti, Navajo
Sterling Silver Storyteller Horse Bracelet

NBS516 - $290 plus s/h

 (ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

Paula says - "This beautiful overlay bracelet has many stories to tell, on the inside as well as the outside! It is made from substantial sterling silver stock - at 31 grams it is not flimsy. This is a treasure to pass down for many generations to enjoy!"

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Storyteller Horse Bracelet by Navajo silversmith Lloyd Becenti

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Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Storyteller Horse Bracelet by Navajo silversmith Lloyd Becenti

Storyteller scenes inside as well as outside.

What is Storyteller Jewelry?

Storyteller jewelry, typically bracelets, pendants and pins, are made using the sterling silver overlay method, sometimes incorporating gold in the overlay. Two layers comprise the jewelry - the top layer is a scene, figures, or symbols meticulously cut out and then placed over a solid bottom layer. The bottom layer is the background behind the cutouts and is often textured or darkened (oxidized) for contrast. The two layers are then “sweated” together - the silver is heated until the two layers meld. The result is a 3-D picture with great depth and interest. Storyteller jewelry often depicts scenes from life on the reservation, including animals like sheep, dogs and horses, buildings such as hogans and outhouses, mesas, trees, looms, kivas, wagans and even pickup trucks.

About Silver

100% solid silver won't tarnish but it is too soft to use for making jewelry - it could easily be scratched, dented and bent. Sterling silver has a small amount of one or more other metals usually copper, added to the silver. To be called sterling silver, the alloy must contain at least 92.5% pure silver. Sterling silver alloy is harder than pure silver but the added metals also can cause discoloration or tarnish.

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What is Overlay?

Native American overlay pieces are made of two layers of sterling silver. The bottom layer is a solid piece while the top layer has a cutout design. The cutout layer is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, heated so that they become one solid piece of sterling silver. The bottom layer, or background, that shows through the cut out portion of the top layer is often darkened for contrast.

Hopi silversmiths typically texture the background layer with hash marks while Navajo artists often leave the background smooth. Hopi artists tend to use geometric designs and symbols similar to those used in their pottery and baskets. Navajo silversmiths tend to create scenes depicting everyday life using people, animals, buildings and landscapes to tell a story - this style is called "overlay storyteller jewelry". Read more about overlay here.

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