Our vintage, antique and pawn bracelets are either USED or NEW. They come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many vintage silver bracelets and vintage stone bracelets are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while other antique bracelets and pawn bracelets may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop bracelets are sold as described and are not returnable.
My favorite task at Horsekeeping.com is looking through Native American jewelry from estate lots and sorting the vintage American Indian bracelets into those with hallmarks and the older ones without hallmarks. I research the various Navajo, Zuni and Hopi artists through reference books and colleagues knowledgeable in Native American jewelry. Although turquoise, coral and sterling silver are the main materials used in Native American bracelets, vintage inlay bracelets contain many other stones and shells. Paula, Manager
Click on a size category to see Vintage Bracet size selections.
|up to 6" wrist|
|6 1/8" to 6 1/2" wrist|
|6 5/8" to 6 3/4" wrist|
|6 7/8" and larger|
VINTAGE JEWELRY DIRECTORY
How to Measure for Good Bracelet Fit
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The best way to get a good fit is to measure a cuff bracelet you already have that fits you well and look for a bracelet with those dimensions. The total inside circumference is the inside circumference of the bracelet from end to end plus the gap (the distance between the ends).
If you don't have a cuff bracelet to use for comparison, then measure your wrist where you want to wear the bracelet. There are several ways to do this.
1. Use a cloth tape measure to measure around your wrist where you will wear the bracelet. Use this measurement as your wrist size which corresponds to Total Inside Circumference on our bracelet pages. Read the rest of this article to see if you need to adjust your measurement.
2. Wrap a piece of string (or ribbon) around your wrist where you will wear the bracelet. Make a mark on the string where the end meets the rest of the string. Remove the string and lay it on a ruler. Use this measurement as your wrist size which corresponds to Total Inside Circumference on our bracelet pages. Read the rest of this article to see if you need to adjust your measurement.
Many cuff bracelets are adjustable. They can be opened or closed up to about a 1/4 inch larger or smaller. The types that are NOT easily adjustable are those that are made from very thick, heavy metal or those with inlaid stones across the entire front and sides.
When you purchase a bracelet, realize that if you adjust it, it is not returnable. To adjust your bracelet, be very careful how you adjust it so you don't make it an odd shape or damage it. If you try to bend an area of your bracelet where there is a stone or inlay, you might pop the stones out. Generally when opening or closing a bracelet for fit, encircle one hand firmly over the last stone on one side of the bracelet and then make your adjustment by bending in or out the portion of the bracelet from the last stone to the end of the bracelet. Do the same on the other side.
Remember, some bracelets are not adjustable at all. Those that have stones or inlay all the way to the ends of the bracelet are not considered adjustable. Those that are made of very heavy silver would be very difficult to bend, so are considered not adjustable.
The Importance of Bracelet Weight
We list the weight of bracelets for several reasons. First, the price of silver fluctuates but has been running high the last several years. The weight of a sterling silver bracelet factors into its price. Also, we list the weight because sometimes you are shopping for a substantial piece, like a heavy cuff, and sometimes you are looking for a very lightweight piece. You can compare the weights among bracelets to find exactly what you want.
Traditionally precious metals and jewelry
weights are listed in grams or Troy ounces. There are approximately 31.1 grams
in one Troy ounce.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Bracelets that have been adjusted are not returnable. Jewelry return guidelines along with detailed shipping and return information can be found on our Return Policy Page.
NOTES FROM OUR CUSTOMERS
"Just a quick note to say Thanks! I got the cuff in the mail and it's exactly what I expected. Fit's great, looks great and I was thrilled with the price! Thanks again for the quick shipment." - D
Our Rescue Mission
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 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.
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