Sharon Cisco - Navajo
Sterling Silver Walking Bear Bracelet
HK Item #NBS532 - size 6 1/8 inch

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Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Walking Bear Bracelet by Navajo silversmith Sharon Cisco

size
6 1/8" total inside circumference (including 7/8" gap) and approximate wrist size. See diagram below.
dimensions
1/2" wide at front
weight
23 grams
material
sterling silver, Read about silver
hallmarks
stamped: SC STERLING
artist
Sharon Cisco, Navajo

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Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Walking Bear Bracelet by Navajo silversmith Sharon Cisco

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Walking Bear Bracelet by Navajo silversmith Sharon Cisco

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Sharon Cisco, Navajo
Sterling Silver Walking Bear Bracelet

NBS532 - $155 plus s/h

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Paula says - "The walking bear design is also call the 3-legged bear because only three legs are visible. Navajo artist Roscoe Scott is credited with creating this motif and it has since been used by other silversmiths."

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Walking Bear Bracelet by Navajo silversmith Sharon Cisco

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Walking Bear Bracelet by Navajo silversmith Sharon Cisco

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Native American Bear Symbolism

Bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of Native American carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. Bear has supernatural powers and 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. Bears are the main figure in the Mountain Way, an important Navajo ceremony. Bear claws are a traditional adornment to pendants and bracelets.

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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