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Darrell Cadman, Navajo
7 3/8" - NBT305 - $390
Dean Brown, Navajo
7 1/2" - NBT470- $795
Turquoise Concho Belt Style
5 1/2" to 7 3/4"
NBL435 - $325
NOS Petit Point Turquoise
Fannie Platero, Navajo
7 1/2" - BP680 - $1,250
Derrick Gordon, Navajo
7 1/2" - NBT304 - $330
Farlene Spencer , Navajo
7 5/8" - NBT469A - $250
Turquoise Concho Belt Style
5 1/2" to 8"
NBL456 - $290
Peterson Johnson, Navajo
7 1/4 to 7 3/4" - NBT443 - $725
Springwire Turquoise Nuggets
Adjustable - NBT465 - $65
Farlene Spencer , Navajo
7 3/4" - NBT469B - $250
Ernest and Vivnita Bewanika, Zuni
2 5/8" inside diameter
8" inside circumference
NBT612 - $170
Vivianita Booqua, Zuni
2 3/4" inside diameter
8 1/2" inside circumference
NBT603 - $135
"I can't thank you enough for all the help you gave me in finding the perfect bracelets for my friend and I - all the extra effort in sending me the photos ahead of time. They are SO SPECIAL. We both wear them 24-7 and just LOVE them. Thank you so much for all of your help - it means the world to us." - NR
"I love my (Sterling Silver and Turquoise Navajo) bracelet. Thank you." - CG
Native American Stone Bracelets
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The stone bracelets in our store are made primarily by Native American artists of the Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi tribes of the Southwest United States. To start out with, we'd like to give you an idea of how their style of jewelry making differs from each other.
Navajo - The Navajo were the first silversmiths. The commonly design jewelry around a stone's natural shape. When Navajo do inlay, it is bolder than Zuni inlay and usually has silver between the inlaid pieces (called "channel inlay").
Zuni - The Zuni are stonesmiths that cuts stones to fit into a precise geometric pattern or design. They tend to use four traditional colors:
Their inlay tends to be more complex than Navajo, with more cuts and patterns. They usually don't use silver between the inlaid pieces but produce "stone on stone" inlays.
The Zuni also produce meticulous Needlepoint (narrow stones pointed on both ends) and Petit Point (any other small cut stone shape such as oval, teardrop etc.) pieces, often in clusters.
Most snake designs are done by the Zuni.
Hopi - The Hopi are silversmiths and design pieces mostly of solid silver with a cutout design on top of the main piece. The background is usually oxidized and etched with hashmarks. Two characteristics of Hopi work are two pieces of silver soldered together and minimal use of stones.
Native American Indians use many types of stones in making bracelets and other jewelry. Read about different kinds of stone here.
The traditional stone used in southwest Native American stone bracelets and other jewelry is turquoise.
Turquoise comes in all shades of blue, to blue-green, with a possible shading towards brown-veined greens. Matrix (veining) may or may not be present in any color(s). It is the natural variations in turquoise that make it appealing. The color of turquoise in American Indian jewelry ranges from brownish green to bright blue.
Found in veins sandwiched in between layers of mother rock, the turquoise can show some of the influence of the mother rock in its matrix or veining. The matrix colors range from blue to golden brown to black and sometimes with golden flecks (sometimes called "fools gold" or iron pirite) which is very desirable.
The more blue, the higher the copper content. The more green, the higher the iron content.
Sometimes turquoise is cut so that it takes some of the mother rock with it. This is referred to as "Boulder Turquoise" and happens to be very popular right now as it shows great contrast between the turquoise and the rock which surrounded it.
Not All Turquoise is Created Equal
If you are looking at two turquoise bracelets one at $30 and the other at $500, what is the difference? Well, there are many uses and misuses of the word turquoise.
Natural Turquoise is a stone that has not been altered in any way. It is the way it was found in nature. Natural Turquoise looks very real and beautiful but, over time, when exposed to light, sweat, perfume, makeup, oils and detergents, it can deteriorate (crumble) and lose its color or change color to a pale green. It can also lose its structural stability and crumble and crack. To deal with these problems, methods have been developed to preserve turquoise. Manufacturers and dealers use the following terms in a non-standard fashion, so if you are ever in doubt when purchasing a turquoise item, you should ask about the origin of the turquoise and its treatment.
Enhanced Turquoise usually refers to a natural stone that has been treated with electrical currents that hardens the stone and enhances the color. Nothing else is done to the stone. Enhanced turquoise should not change color over time.
Stabilized Turquoise has been impregnated with an acrylic or epoxy to harden the stone and enhance the color. Almost all turquoise used for heishi necklaces and fetish carvings is stabilized because otherwise the heishi would quickly fade and break.
Compressed stones have been hardened by extreme pressure.
Fracture-Sealing uses resin or polymer to harden the matrix in the stone. (Matrix is other minerals mixed in the turquoise or portions of the "mother rock" in which the turquoise formed. Matrix appears in the turquoise as uneven areas of brown or black).
Artificial or Imitation Turquoise - There are a number of manufactured turquoise products, some of which look like real stone and others that look like plastic. Some minerals, like howlite, can be dyed to look like turquoise.
Synthetic and Lab Grown Turquoise have the same chemical composition and physical look of natural turquoise.
Block Turquoise is manufactured in blocks and is made to look like turquoise. It may be all plastic polymer or it may have crushed or powdered turquoise or other stone mixed with resin or polymer. Block Turquoise sometimes has swirls or blobs of dark dye added to simulate the look of matrix.
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How to Measure Your Wrist for a Bracelet or Watch
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The best way to get a good fit is to measure a cuff bracelet you already have that fits you well and look for a bracelet with those dimensions. The total inside circumference is the inside circumference of the bracelet from end to end plus the gap (the distance between the ends).
If you don't have a cuff bracelet to use for comparison, then measure your wrist where you want to wear the bracelet. There are several ways to do this.
1. Use flexible tape measure to measure around your wrist where you will wear the bracelet
2. Wrap a piece of string or ribbon once around your wrist where you will wear the bracelet. Make a mark across the string wrap. Remove the string and measure between the marks to find the circumference of your wrist.
3. Cut a strip of paper approximately 8" long and as wide as the bracelet you would like to wear. Wrap the paper around your wrist where you would wear the bracelet. You might secure the paper with a piece of tape to get a better feel of the fit. Make a mark where the end of the paper lays on the wrap. Remove the paper and measure from the end to the mark for the circumference of your wrist.
Many cuff bracelets are adjustable. They can be opened or closed up to about a 1/4 inch larger or smaller. The types that are NOT easily adjustable are those that are made from very thick, heavy metal or those with inlaid stones across the entire front and sides.
When you purchase a bracelet, realize that if you adjust it, it is not returnable. To adjust your bracelet, be very careful how you adjust it so you don't make it an odd shape or damage it. If you try to bend an area of your bracelet where there is a stone or inlay, you might pop the stones out. Generally when opening or closing a bracelet for fit, encircle one hand firmly over the last stone on one side of the bracelet and then make your adjustment by bending in or out the portion of the bracelet from the last stone to the end of the bracelet. Do the same on the other side.
Remember, some bracelets are not adjustable at all. Those that have stones or inlay all the way to the ends of the bracelet are not considered adjustable. Those that are made of very heavy silver would be very difficult to bend, so are considered not adjustable.
We list the weight of bracelets for several reasons. First, the price of silver fluctuates but has been running high the last several years. The weight of a sterling silver bracelet factors into its price. Also, we list the weight because sometimes you are shopping for a substantial piece, like a heavy cuff, and sometimes you are looking for a very lightweight piece. You can compare the weights among bracelets to find exactly what you want.
metals and jewelry weights are listed in grams or Troy ounces. There are approximately
31.1 grams in one Troy ounce.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Bracelets that have been adjusted are not returnable. Jewelry return guidelines along with detailed shipping and return information can be found on our Return Policy Page.
NOTES FROM OUR CUSTOMERS
"Just a quick note
to say Thanks! I got the cuff in the mail and it's exactly what I expected.