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    Melvin Francis, Navajo  -  Sterling Silver
Cobblestone Inlay Bear Bracelet
HK Item #BP590
- size 6 3/4"

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Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Cobblestone Inlay Bear Bracelet 6 3/4 inch by Navajo silversmith Melvin Francis

Size
6 3/4" total inside circumference (including 1 3/8" gap) and approximate wrist size. See diagram below;

2 1/4" at widest, 1 1/2" at narrowest
Weight
158 grams
Materials
turquoise, mother of pearl, lapis lazuli, orange spiny oyster, charoite; Read about stones
sterling silver, Read about silver
Hallmarks
stamped: FRANCIS STERLING
Artist
Melvin Francis, Navajo
Condition
pre-owned, smooth symmetric shape; bright patina

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Cobblestone Inlay Bear Bracelet 6 3/4 inch by Navajo silversmith Melvin Francis

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Cobblestone Inlay Bear Bracelet 6 3/4 inch by Navajo silversmith Melvin Francis

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Cobblestone Inlay Bear Bracelet 6 3/4 inch by Navajo silversmith Melvin Francis

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Melvin Francis, Navajo
Sterling Silver
Cobblestone Inlay Bear Bracelet

BP590 - $1,475 plus s/h
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Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Cobblestone Inlay Bear Bracelet 6 3/4 inch by Navajo silversmith Melvin Francis

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Cobblestone Inlay Bear Bracelet 6 3/4 inch by Navajo silversmith Melvin Francis

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Cobblestone Inlay Bear Bracelet 6 3/4 inch by Navajo silversmith Melvin Francis

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Cobblestone Inlay Bear Bracelet 6 3/4 inch by Navajo silversmith Melvin Francis

We leave the natural patina on our 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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What is cobblestone inlay?

This style of inlay is called cobblestone or cornrow inlay. Besides cutting the stones so that they fit into an intricate pattern, the artist must also bevel each stone on every edge. This requires great skill and time and investment in materials.

You can easily see why this is sometimes referred to as cobblestone if you've ever seen a cobblestone street in an old historic section of a US city or abroad. Native American artists often call it cornrow inlay because in some patterns, the rows resemble corn kernels on a cob.

Native American Bear Symbolism

Bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of Native American carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. Bear has supernatural powers and great healing powers. Bear is a symbol deliberate action, introspection, soul and insight for the past and the future. The Bear is the guardian of the West an is one of the animals of the Six Directions. Bears are the main figure in the Mountain Way, an important Navajo ceremony. Bear claws are a traditional adornment to pendants and bracelets.

Our Rescue Mission
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Native American Indian Jewerly and Artifacts

Native American Jewelry blog tips and informationWe 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.

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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Patina
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.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.
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