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Paula says - "This vintage bracelet is likely from 1930s when most silver and stone work was done by hand and hallmarks were not yet commonly used. It was around the 1950s that the Navajo Guild and other groups encouraged Native American artists to identify their work with hallmarks." Read about hallmarks.
"This is a chisel cut split shank bracelet, a traditional Navajo and Zuni bracelet form where a solid band is split using a chisel to form two, three or more small bands with the ends left intact. The resulting open spaces allow for ventilation, thus making the bracelets more comfortable to wear in hot and humid weather." Read more . . .
Traditional stamping includes thunderbirds and arrows.
Spread Wire, Split Shank and Pretty Girl Bracelets
All three of these types of bracelets – spread wire, split shank, and pretty girl bracelets, are traditional Navajo 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. Read more . . .
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.|