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Paula says - "Whoa ! Was this bracelet made for us horsekeepers or what ! The fence and the neat mane tells all. Detailed traditional stamping around the storyteller mural and exceptional overlay work on the sides - it is dramatic and very Native American!"
This sterling silver bracelet has many years of patina. We leave it that way so you can choose whether you want to wear it as vintage or buff it to a brilliant shine. Want your jewelry to look like new? Read my blog 'To Polish or Not to Polish'.
The photo above shows a similar bracelet before and after polishing. If you'd like us to polish this bracelet before we send it let us know in the note box on the order page.
Overlay pieces are made of two layers. The bottom layer is a solid sterling silver piece. The top layer has a cutout design. The cutout is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, that is heated so that they become one. The bottom layer (background to the cutout) is usually accented. The Navajo silversmiths oxidize the bottom layer which darkens it. Hopi silversmiths typically oxidize and etch the background (texturize it) with hashmarks.
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.
Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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|A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.|
|30 years or older.|
|New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.|
|An item that has been used.|
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