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Gary and Elsie Yoyokie, Hopi/Navajo
Sterling Silver Bear Paw Bracelet
HK Item #BP694
- size 6 5/8"

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Authentic Native American Sterling Silver overlay Bear Paw Bracelet 6 5/8 inch by Gary and Elsie Yoyokie

size
6 5/8" total inside circumference (including 1" gap) and approximate wrist size. See diagram below;

1" tall all around
weight
54 grams
materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
hallmarks
inscribed: GY EY
artists
Gary Yoyokie, Hopi
and Elsie Yoyokie, Navajo
condition
pre-owned, excellent; bright patina

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver overlay Bear Paw Bracelet 6 5/8 inch by Gary and Elsie Yoyokie

Very precise and crisp overlay work.

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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Gary and Elsie Yoyokie, Hopi/Navajo
Vintage Sterling Silver
Sterling Silver Bear Paw Bracelet

BP694 - $350 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

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Paula says - "This beautiful bracelet has a round shape, like a bangle, so would be good for a round wrist or a loose fit."

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver overlay Bear Paw Bracelet 6 5/8 inch by Gary and Elsie Yoyokie

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver overlay Bear Paw Bracelet 6 5/8 inch by Gary and Elsie Yoyokie

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Our Rescue Mission
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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.

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.

About Silver

100% solid silver won't tarnish but it is too soft to use for making jewelry - it could easily be scratched, dented and bent. Sterling silver has a small amount of one or more other metals usually copper, added to the silver. To be called sterling silver, the alloy must contain at least 92.5% pure silver. Sterling silver alloy is harder than pure silver but the added metals also can cause discoloration or tarnish.

Read more about silver.

What is Overlay?

With silver overlay, there are two layers of silver - the top layer is a scene, figures, or symbols meticulously cut out and then placed over a solid silver bottom layer.

The bottom layer is the background behind the cutouts and is traditionally darkened (oxidized) for contrast. Navajo silversmiths typically leave the background smooth while Hopi usually etch the background with hashmarks.

The two layers are then “sweated” together - the silver is heated until the two layers meld.

The result is a 3-D picture with great depth and interest.

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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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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