Authentic Vintage Native American Split Shank Bracelet
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BP249 - $350 SOLD
Paula says - "A split shank bracelet is made by splitting the center portion of a solid metal strip (shank) with a saw, chisel or other tool to open it and make it wider. This makes a larger base to attach decorative elements and also makes the bracelet cooler to wear. Read more . . .
"This colorful stone is likely either jasper or petrified wood. Read more . . . "
"This bracelet is from an estate collection that had notes written on numerous stickers attached to the items. Some of the stickers appeared to be the first adhesive tape made, disintegrating from age but still yielding precious information. The dates we list for these items are from the notes written on those stickers along with our own estimation of age."
Stone is tight in a handmade smooth bezel and has no cracks or chips. Sterling silver raindrop border and fully stamped band.
A couple from Minnesota, escaping the cold weather, spent over 30 winters in Green Valley, Arizona. The wife, an architect, loved the jewelry of the southwest American Indians and had a passion for specific vintage pieces which she collected extensively: vintage cluster bracelets, row bracelets, petrified wood and picture jasper bracelets, Fred Harvey era items and beautiful butterfly pins. She had many very old butterfly pins, so we just had to use a butterfly for the collection name and logo.
Is it Petrified Wood, Picture Jasper, or Agate?
vintage Native American jewelry features beautiful “stones” that almost seem to
show a scene or tell a story.
Split Shank, Pretty Girl, and Wire Bracelets
three of these types of bracelets – split shank, Pretty Girl, and wire bracelets,
are traditional and Zuni bracelet forms and all are open and airy making
for comfortable summer wearing. The open spaces allow for ventilation, thus making
the bracelets more comfortable to wear in hot and humid weather.