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Effie Calavaza, Zuni  -  Sterling Silver
NOS Zuni Snake Slave Bracelet
HK Item #BP538
- size 5 7/8"

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NOS Sterling Silver turquoise and coral snake slave bracelet size 5 7/8 by Zuni artist Effie Calavaza

5 7/8" total inside circumference (including 1 1/4" gap) and approximate wrist size. See diagram below;

3/4" tall at the front

ring size 7 1/4
24 grams
turquoise, coral, Read about stones
sterling silver,
Read about silver
stamped: EFFIE C. ZUNI (on all pieces)
Effie Calavaza, Zuni
NOS, vintage, excellent - new old stock

NOS Sterling Silver turquoise and coral snake slave bracelet size 5 7/8 by Zuni artist Effie Calavaza

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Vintage Jewelry

Effie Calavaza, Zuni
New Old Stock
Sterling Silver, Turquoise, Coral
Zuni Snake Slave Bracelet

BP538 - $395 plus s/h

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Paula says - "The term slave bracelet refers to a type of jewelry that has a chain or other attachment from the bracelet to one or more finger rings. This fashion originated in Africa and was likely adopted by Native Americans for tourists after the bracelets became popular in the 1920s American flapper culture.

"This piece is NOS (new old stock) that was made more than a decade ago but never sold - it is brand new vintage!"

NOS Sterling Silver turquoise and coral snake slave bracelet size 5 7/8 by Zuni artist Effie Calavaza

NOS Sterling Silver turquoise and coral snake slave bracelet size 5 7/8 by Zuni artist Effie Calavaza

We leave the natural patina on our vintage jewelry because many of our customers like the old "vintage" appearance.

Want your jewelry to look like new? Read my blog 'To Polish or Not to Polish'.

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About Effie Calavaza

Zuni artist Effie Calavaza was from Zuni, New Mexico. She is famous for her snake designs. She learned silversmithing from her husband Juan Calavaza and began making her own designs in 1956. Her pieces are prized and collected throughout the world.

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 2 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.

Indian Snake Symbolism

For some Native American tribes the snake represents abundant rainfall and fertility and is depicted as as lightning or a lightning arrow. Some tribes use the snake as a healing image or for swiftness in battle. The snake does not symbolize anything negative or treacherous. Snakes are rarely used in Navajo jewelry but they are often seen in Zuni jewelry.

We here in Colorado live with snakes - they are part of the landscape and ecosystem. Since our climate is semi-arid, we welcome the abundant rainfall the snake might bring.


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. Read more about stones.

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.
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