Sammy Smith, Navajo Sterling Silver Kingman Turquoise and Coral Watch Cuff

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Sammy Smith, Navajo
Sterling Silver, Kingman Turquoise,
and Coral Vintage Watch Cuff
HK Item #W314

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Authentic Native American Kingman Turquoise and coral sterling silver watch cuff 7 1/8 inches by Navajo Sammy Smith

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

2 1/8" wide at the front;
7/8" wide at ends.
Weight
192 grams
Material
sterling silver, Read about silver;
Kingman Turquoise, coral, Read about stones
Condition
pre-owned, excellent, stones firmly set with no cracks or chips; see photos for bright patina; smooth symmetric shape.
Hallmarks
stamped: S S
Artists
Sammy Smith, Navajo

Authentic Native American Kingman Turquoise and coral sterling silver watch cuff 7 1/8 inches by Navajo Sammy Smith

Authentic Native American Kingman Turquoise and coral sterling silver watch cuff 7 1/8 inches by Navajo Sammy Smith

Authentic Native American Kingman Turquoise and coral sterling silver watch cuff 7 1/8 inches by Navajo Sammy Smith

This watch came with a Waltham wind-up calendar timepiece with a sweep second hand. It runs when wound. There is no warranty on this timepiece

Authentic Native American Kingman Turquoise and coral sterling silver watch cuff 7 1/8 inches by Navajo Sammy Smith

The wire cuff bracelet is a traditional Navajo and Zuni bracelet form. The open spaces allow for ventilation, thus making the bracelet more comfortable to wear in hot and humid weather.

We leave the natural patina on our pawn jewelry because many of our customers like the old "" appearance. If you'd like to clean up your silver jewelry, new or old, check out our handy silver cleaning and polishing cloth.

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Sammy Smith, Navajo
Sterling Silver Kingman Turquoise
and Coral Vintage Watch Cuff

HK Item #W314

$795 (ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

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Paula says - "This vintage watch cuff comes with the original Certificate of Authenticity."

Authentic Native American Kingman Turquoise and coral sterling silver watch cuff 7 1/8 inches by Navajo Sammy Smith

About Our Watch Cuffs

When we sell a watch cuff, we sell it in the condition it was when we received it. Some of our customers purchase these watch cuffs for their collections, others to wear, so we leave everything AS-IS and let you decide.

This watch came with a Waltham wind-up calendar timepiece with a sweep second hand. It runs when wound. There is no warranty on this timepiece

If you want to have the cuff resized or replace the timepiece but your local jeweler is not familiar with Native American jewelry, you can find contact information here for a shop that we use for jewelry repairs. After purchase from us, you can send the watch to them for a different timepiece or resizing. - Paula

Authentic Native American Kingman Turquoise and coral sterling silver watch cuff 7 1/8 inches by Navajo Sammy Smith

Authentic Native American Kingman Turquoise and coral sterling silver watch cuff 7 1/8 inches by Navajo Sammy Smith

Authentic Native American Kingman Turquoise and coral sterling silver watch cuff 7 1/8 inches by Navajo Sammy Smith

Authentic Native American Kingman Turquoise and coral sterling silver watch cuff 7 1/8 inches by Navajo Sammy Smith

Bracelet measurements

How to Choose and Fit a Cuff Bracelet

Stabilized Kingman Turquoise

The Kingman mine, located in Mohave County, Arizona, has been operated by the Colbaugh family since the 1970's. It is known for producing bright blue stones with white and black matrix, considered by many to be the best turquoise in North America. Old authentic natural Kingman turquoise is extremely rare.

In the 1950s S. A. "Chuck" Colbaugh developed a modern method for stabilizing the color and strength of turquoise. It is an expensive process that takes over 3 months to assure that the turquoise does not crack while being treated. Basically, the moisture is removed from the stone and replaced with an optically clear resin, the same type as used in jet fighter windows. The turquoise is then allowed to dry naturally for two to three months. Although other mines have turquoise stabilization facilities, those at the Kingman mine are widely regarded as the best.

Marty Colbaugh (Chuck Colbaugh's grandson) now runs the Kingman mine and continues the stabilizing tradition began by his grandfather. He says if natural turquoise is not treated, it can become oxidized with oils from the skin and change color. The products that Kingman uses for stabilizing turquoise are clear and no dyes are ever used so the natural turquoise color is preserved and no discoloration occurs.

NOTE: Items in our 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. 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.

Our Rescue Mission
of
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 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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