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Effie Calavaza, Zuni
Sterling Silver
Vintage 5-Stone Opal Snake Bracelet
HK Item #BP754
- size 6 1/2"

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Authentic Native American Sterling Silver and Stone Snakes Bracelet 6 1/2 inch by Zuni artists Effie Calavaza

6 1/2" total inside circumference (including 1 1/4" gap) and approximate wrist size. See diagram below

5/8" tall
36 grams
imitation opal, Read about stones
sterling silver,
Read about silver
stamped: EFFIE C ZUNI
Effie Calavaza, Zuni
vintage, pre-owned, excellent; smooth symmetric shape; dark patina; stones firmly set with no cracks, chips or missing pieces

About Native American authenticity.

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver and Stone Snakes Bracelet 6 1/2 inch by Zuni artists Effie Calavaza

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver and Stone Snakes Bracelet 6 1/2 inch by Zuni artists Effie Calavaza


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Effie Calavaza, Zuni
Sterling Silver
Vintage 5-Stone Snake Bracelet

BP754 - $325 plus s/h

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver and Stone Snakes Bracelet 6 1/2 inch by Zuni artists Effie Calavaza

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver and Stone Snakes Bracelet 6 1/2 inch by Zuni artists Effie Calavaza

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

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About Effie Calavaza

Zuni artist Effie Calavaza, from Zuni, New Mexico, is renowned 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.

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.

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.

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.


Opal is a naturally blue stone with interior fracturing of light which results in a play of color. Opal is October's birthstone and is believed to make the wearer less self-conscious, thereby encouraging spontaneous action and awakening one's psyche.

Natural opal

(also known as precious opal) contains between 3-10% water but can be as high as 20% and this can make the stones less stable.

Lab opal

is considered a true synthetic or created opal produced in controlled laboratory conditions and with the same chemical composition as natural opal but with a very low moisture content making it more durable. Lab opal has much fracturing of light and brilliant colors including blue, pink, purple, red and green..

Imitation opal

(artificial or simulated opal) is different chemically from natural and lab opal. It is made up of 80% silica and 20% resin and is an economical option to both precious and lab opal. It is the opal most commonly used in Native American jewelry.

Read more about opal.     Read 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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