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Vintage 1940s Sterling Silver Bracelet
Paula says - "This vintage bracelet is likely from the 1940s when most silver and stone work was done by hand and very few hallmarks were used. It wasn't until the 1950s that the Navajo Guild and other groups encouraged Native American artists to identify their work with hallmarks." Read about hallmarks.
Stamped thunder bird ends.
Our Rescue Mission
We are in the vintage Native American jewelry rescue business and are passionate about finding new homes for used and vintage jewelry. 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.
Peyote Bird, Water Bird or Thunderbird?
The Water Bird is a symbol of the renewal of life, rainy seasons, rivers, distant travel, distant vision & wisdom. It is often also referred to as the Peyote Bird because the Water Bird plays a significant part in the Native American Indian Church Peyote meetings and, in fact, since the early 1900's has been the symbol of the NAC.
The Peyote/Water Bird is not a Southwest tradition,
but one of the Plains Indians. The Peyote Bird is connected with lightning,
thunder and visions. Those who dream of the thunder beings will become Heyokas,
those who do things backwards, upside down, or opposite. This is a Lakota
way of being. It is part of the medicine of the Heyoka to remind us that we should
not take ourselves too seriously - that's why Heyoka is often translated as the
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 (, 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.|