Vintage Navajo Sterling Silver
Paula says - "This Wedding Basket bolo is made of sterling silver with a copper circle accent. It is NOS - New Old Stock - it was made in the 1970s but was never used - it is brand new vintage!"
The slide is 1 3/4" diameter.
Braided brown lariat (neck cord) is 32" long not including tips. Bennett-style clasp.
We recently purchased a large collection of vintage but unused Native American artifacts including jewelry, rugs and pottery. It was part of the estate of a Navajo woman who was a missionary that worked with Native Americans in Four Corners - the area of the American southwest where four states meet- New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. As a single parent, she raised 5 daughters and a son while also providing food, shelter, and clothing to less fortunate people that needed assistance. Often she was thanked for her help by gifts of Native American items.
Most of the items in this collection are from the 1970s to the 1990s. We offer these items to you with great respect and with the information we received from the family plus our research.
We named the collection after one of the pieces in the group, a hand carved Navajo fetish necklace honoring the Sacred White Buffalo.
BUFFALO MEDICINE - The appearance of White Buffalo is a sign that prayers are being heard, that the sacred pipe and Spirit are being honored. White Buffalo signals a time of abundance, prosperity and thankfulness. Buffalo was the major source of sustenance for indigenous cultures of the plains, giving meat for food, hides for shelter and clothing, and Spirit Medicine. The Medicine of Buffalo is prayer, gratitude and praise for that which has been received. Buffalo Medicine is also knowing that abundance is present when all relations are honored as sacred, and when gratitude is expressed to every living part of creation, recognizing the sacredness of every walk of life.
What is a Bolo Tie?
A bolo tie, also called a shoestring necklace or simply a bola, can be thought of as a Western necktie. A bolo tie can range from an inexpensive string tie to an elaborate sterling silver and leather affair. Maybe your younger brother had one of those string ties that he wore with his cowboy hat and cap guns ??!!
A bolo has three parts:
Copper oxidizes and darkens when it comes in contact with the air in the environment. It tends to get to a certain dark color but then it doesn't get any darker.
If you've ever seen copper roofs that have turned green, that is what is called copper patina. The copper has reacted with the environment and rain, especially if it is acidic rain.
The same sort of thing can happen when copper comes in contact with your skin if your skin is acidic. The acids in your skin combine with copper and make copper salts which are green. They are harmless and can simply be washed off.
Copper develops a patina, much like sterling silver, but faster and darker, especially in the presence of heat, sunlight, sweat, swimming pools and chlorine water, chemicals and cosmetics. Remove copper jewelry before bathing, swimming, doing dishes, putting on lotion or makeup.
Some people love the deep rich look of vintage copper while others like the bright shiny bronze look of clean copper.
Reaction between copper and your skin
If you have ever had a copper bracelet that started to turn green or even turn your skin green, you might have been turned off by copper.
The green color results from an individual's body chemistry at a particular time. Two people can wear the same bracelet and one person's wrist will turn green and the other's will not. A person can wear a copper bracelet one day with no green marks and the next day green marks might appear.
does the green tell you? The green color means that your skin has become more
acidic and has dissolved copper from the bracelet faster than the body can absorb
it. This usually happens when we sweat, when we are stressed, when we experience
dietary changes, mainly a poor diet (think junk food).
When the body is in a state of homeostasis, the copper is absorbed through the skin at the same rate it is dissolved from the bracelet so there are no green marks.
Some makers of copper jewelry, put a coating (sealer) on the copper item to preserve it and prevent the copper from interacting with the wearer's skin. But then, the purported health benefits of wearing copper would not be achieved.
Is there a health benefit to wearing copper?
There are many who swear by the health benefits of wearing copper (copper bracelet manufacturers) while others have the opposite viewpoint.
Most everyone agrees that wearing copper jewelry does no harm.
Proponents of the benefits say copper does some or all of the following and more:
To decide for yourself, here are some interesting articles on copper:
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