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4-Wire Turquoise Bracelet
HK Item #BP277

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Vintage  Sterling Silver Turquoise bracelet

Vintage, Pre-owned, excellent; stones firmly set with with no cracks, scratches, or chips; see photos for patina
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Chinese turquoise, Read about stones
7" total inside circumference and approximate wrist size. See diagram below.

2 1/2" wide at front, 7/8" at ends
143 grams
incomplete strike of the letter P with a serif (see photo below]   
Several members of the Navajo Peshlakai family use the P with a serif like this, but we are not sure who made this bracelet.

Vintage  Sterling Silver  Turquoise bracelet

Hallmark is incomplete strike of the letter P.

Vintage  Sterling Silver  Turquoise bracelet

Vintage  Sterling Silver  Turquoise bracelet

High quality hard, dense turquoise.

Vintage  Sterling Silver  Turquoise bracelet

Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal by exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance. All items in our Vintage Shop have some patina, even .
30 years or older.
New Old Stock. Made at least 20 years ago but never used.
An item that has been used.

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Vintage Sterling Silver
4-Wire Turquoise Bracelet

BP277 - $595 plus s/h

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Paula says - "This heavy vintage bracelet has three large turquoise cabochons set in hand-cut serrated bezels with sterling silver rope borders. The turquoise appears to be Chinese. The hallmark appears to be an incomplete strike of the letter P with a serif. The frame is comprised of four triangular wires that provide a wide base for the stones and make the bracelet cooler to wear than a solid band. The high quality stones are hard, dense and beautiful - the workmanship impeccable. Excellent condition.

"Are you wondering why this item is not described as Native American? You can find the answer by clicking here."

Vintage  Sterling Silver  Turquoise bracelet

Vintage  Sterling Silver  Turquoise bracelet

The band of four triangular sterling silver wires allows air flow between the bracelet and the wrist making it cooler to wear than a solid band.

Vintage  Sterling Silver  Turquoise bracelet

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We leave the natural patina on our pawn jewelry because many of our customers like the old "" appearance. If you'd like to clean up your silver jewelry, new or old, check out our handy silver cleaning and polishing cloth.

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Horsekeeping LLC Native American PawnThe Ocean Collection

An avid Native American jewelry and artifact collector lived by the ocean in southern California. When he passed away, he left the fruits of his passion to his son. After a few years, his son lovingly chose a few sentimental pieces to remind him of his dad and sent the rest to us to find new homes for his dad's treasures. You will find some of his items in the Vintage Shop and some that we couldn't verify as Native American made, in the Bargain Barn. They are unique pieces wherever they landed.

NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.


Turquoise is associated with the sky, and bringing sky energy to earth. It is known as a master healer stone as it is believed to help speed the healing process. It is also thought that turquoise can help promote honest and clear communication from the heart.

Turquoise comes in all shades of blue, to blue-green and 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, 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. Many people prefer turquoise with matrix over clear stones.

Chinese Turquoise

As its name implies, Chinese turquoise comes from China. Like mines in other parts of the world, including the USA, mines in China produce turquoise of varying quality and in a wide variety of color and matrix variations. Turquoise from China is usually stabilized (treated with clear epoxy) to harden and seal it. This makes the turquoise more durable and minimizes absorbtion of body oils and other substances that might change the color of the stone over time.

Why isn't this item called Native American?

The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many vintage items, even if they are authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.

Read about authenticity of Native American Indian jewelry.

Our Rescue Mission
Native American Indian Jewelry and Artifacts

We are in the vintage Native American jewelry rescue business and are passionate about finding new homes for used and vintage jewelry and artifacts. That's why we purchase Native American pieces from estates, inheritances, collection downsizing and New Old Stock (NOS) inventory from closed stores.

Often people contact us after taking a box of Native American jewelry to their local pawn shop and find that a pawn shop is mainly interested in melt value of the metals and not in preserving the beautiful historic pieces. To hear that people have considered selling these treasures for melt value makes us truly sad.

Melt value is usually far below what we would offer for the jewelry. Yet we can't pay retail price for items because of the time and cost involved in finding new homes for them. We have to research, often repair and restore the jewelry, photograph and list each item on our website, and sometimes hold pieces in inventory for years until the right buyer comes along.

We hope you'll find something special in our vintage shop that will complete yet another circle of our jewelry re-homing mission.


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