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Antique "bear Chief" Bracelet Native American Sterling Silver Turquoise Old Pawn For Sale
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In 1937 the Magestic Morenci turquoise mine first opened. By 1939 the deep blue turquoise stones with bits of silvery iron pirite matrix were making their hands into the Zuni Trading Posts, of C.G. Wallace, and the Vanderwagen Trading family. Not understanding how rare this turquoise was initially, the traders would pluck off large nuggets for their favorite Zuni Lapidarists to carve stones and fetish's for them, or occasionaly would be sold to an artist for personal use.
This Magnificent bracelet features a very large (200+) carat of old "Miner's cut", Morenci turquoise, carved into the powerful shape of a bear fetish. A carving of this nature was not created for tourist use, but was carved in Honor of a Great Elder. The enormous carving is completely secure in the cuff. There are NO wiggles, or giggles on this bracelet. This very rare cuff weighs in at a whopping 190 Grams!! Set in solid sterling silver. SIGNED. Handsome Old silver patina.
Specifics & Measurements-
Bracelet is2 1/2inches wide
Bracelet has an inner band measurementof6inches with a space of 1 1/8inch- for a total of7 inches,(will fit aMedium/Large wrist)
Wrist Size- Medium/Large
Artist- Navajo Silversmith + Early Zuni Lapidarist (Bear Carving)
Stone-Old Morenci Turquoise
Signed- by a Navajo Silversmith
* A Note on Wrist Measurements, We are adding new Bracelet's daily, to find your proper size, click the "BRACELET" category, under our Store Categories, then click on one of the 5 Size Options (XS, S, M, L, XL) Take a Measurement of your wrist with a flexible measuring tape to ensure a proper fit. *
**Bracelet Cuff Sizing Chart-
XS wrist measurment is 5 1/2- 6 inch wrist
Small wrist measurement is 6- 6 1/2 inches
Medium wrist is 6 1/2 - 7 inches
Large wrist is 7 - 8 inches
XL wrist is 8+ inches
(Email us if you have an trouble finding your proper Bracelet Size, we will be happy to help you!)
We are Third Generation Native American Arts and Antiques Traders! Our Family has been in the Native American Arts and Antiques business for over 45 years, and our Native American jewelry is the REAL Deal.
By sourcing our jewelry directly from our Artists and Silversmiths, we ensure quality, authenticity and value. We hand select many of our natural stones to be given to our silversmiths, and can have custom items made. We have sold over 5000 items on , and maintain 100% Positive response.
We are known for being the friendliest folks on , so give us a holler if you have any questions!
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We use United States Postal Service (USPS). All items are FREE to Ship in the United States. Each additional item is FREE as well.
We usually ship within 24 hours of payment. Some orders ship the same day!
All order processing and transit times are based on business days. We do not ship on Sundays or Postal Holidays.
The transit time depends on your location, you should receive the merchandise between 2 and 5 business days with our free shipping offer.
We offer expedited shipping options such as USPS Express Overnight. Should you require the item urgently please call us before you order to verify the item can still be shipped that day.
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We ship via USPS Priority mail and USPS First Class mail.
International order processing takes approx. 3-5 business days.
Many countries impose their own customs, duties, tariffs, taxes, etc... on items imported from the USA.
The shipping transit times are approx. as follow:
USPS Priority mail: approx. 2-3 weeks (trackable)
USPS First Class mail: approx. 3 weeks (not trackable)
The transit time depends on customs in your country, please keep this in mind when choosing the right shipping option for you.
Recent Testimonials from Customers-
Most of the Indian jewelry found on today is mass produced in sweat shops, in the phillipines/china/africa OR garage sale pickins the seller has scrounged up from his local flea market. There are a few fine sellers on who are actually selling, high quality, hand crafted, Authentic Native American jewelry items. Our Silversmiths are Renowned for their choice of fine natural stones, heavy hand made silver work, hand cut lapidary work and original designs (ie no 2 are the same). We know our Artists by name, we know their families, their histories and their associations with one another. Many of our Navajo silversmiths collaborate with their Zuni Friends to create perfect marriages of silver and stone. We encourage you to browse through our recent responses and comments, and email us when you have any specific item you are interested in.
Thanks & Love, Sheila Hare -SAN FRANCISCO HOUSE
"Hi Sheila -- Just wanted to let you know that the bracelet arrived safe and sound (thanks for the awesomely fast shipping!!), and that I absolutely LOVE it!!! It is just gorgeous. It makes me happy just to look at it. :) Thank you SO much" !! Steph (CA)
"I received the bracelet and it is spectacular! Thank you so much! Everything about the transaction was perfect. I had been watching your site because I love several of your pieces, and the opportunity to buy this at such a wonderful price was amazing. I adore green turquoise but am more familiar with King's Manassa. I have signed up for your newsletter and of course bookmarked your site.
Thanks again for doing business with me -- and all the best."
"Sheila, The necklace and earrings were delivered on Friday! WOW, that was SOOOO fast! Thank you!!!! It is more beautiful than I even imagined and the pictures were GREAT, but seeing it in person is soooo much better! Thank you SOOOO much for everything!" Tina Marie (Illinois)
I needed my package to arrive fast for my Mothers 70th birthday. Sheila shipped really fast, and the package came in 3 days! My mother loves her necklace and wears it to her bridge club, all the ladies gaggle over it! B. Jensen Shoreline, WA
"My parcel containing the Eldred Martinez necklace set was just handed to me by the postman! I am now the HAPPY & PROUD owner of this work of art. It is even more beautiful "live" than online! You were right when you described it as "jawdropping". I wish I could thank Mr. Eldred Martinez for making this wonderful piece of jewelry. Do you know him? If you ever speak to him, please be sure to thank him on my behalf. This necklace has special meaning for me: as you know the butterfly stands symbol for transformation. Being myself a maiden in a life process of transformation and also being a lover of Zuni jewelry, it all seemed to come together in this one piece: the Zuni Butterfly Maiden! Thank you very much for your efforts to deliver the package to me safe and sound. I thought the necklace was packed very carefully (inner box/ bubble plastic/sturdy outer box) and it arrived without a scratch! It shows you care... It was a pleasure dealing with you. Regards, J. Francis" (Netherlands)
Thank You Sheila!! I love my inlay bracelet and have already received so many compliments on it. The work and craftsmanship is outstanding, I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate you working with me on it. I LOVE it!! Josie, C. Highlands Texas
Thank you for answering all my questions so completely and thoroughly, I know I am a pain in the neck! I really appreciate you accepting my offer on the squash blossom. I have always wanted one with natural green stones and I was astonished how dense and well made it was when it arrived. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! K. Dubois (Oklahoma)
"This one is a keeper Sheila!I cant believe how heavy the thing is. Bracelets just arent made like this anymore. This stone is making legends across town." Jim O. Sedona Arizona
"Dear Sheila, I received the Andy Cadman necklace this morning and LOVE IT! My girlfriends are taking me out to dinner tonight to celebrate my birthday so I'm very excited to wear it. Many thanks again, I'll be back for more purchases in the future and also, let my friends know about your store. fondly, Tara" (New York, New York)
"Hi Sheila, The bracelet arrived safely and my wife LOVES it. Thanks so much for your wonderful service. I have already left positive response. Until next time", Don
"This wonderful seller has real passion for the work she offers and the artists she represents. Everything is lovingly selected and accurately described. The rare #8 turquoise squash blossom necklace we purchased from her is of the highest heirloom quality and was very fairly priced. You'd have to look long and hard to find such fine work on your own and after all that effort I doubt you could buy it for much if any less than through Sheila. Honest, gracious and sincere person - someone you want to deal with again and again. Thanks tons." - Ira Z, San Mateo, CA
"The beautiful pendant arrived safely today. Is is even more
attractive than the website photos illustrated it to be!!!
Thanks for sending it so quickly. Looks as though you have A-1
Jane (Orem, Utah)
"Just a note to tell you that I LOVE the colors in both the necklace/earrings and barrette. Perfect for my "fall" palette! Sure to be admired, and I'll tell everyone where I got them. Thanks again for your excellent customer service." Barb (Washington)
"Oh my...the Sunshine Reeves "dual-sided" ring arrived today, and it's perfect! I love everything about it, especially the little hidden treat inside. So clever. And this is my first example of Burnham turquoise. What a beautiful color. I'll go leave good response for you right this minute. Thank you so much, especially for the free shipping. I see so many beautiful things among your listings. I'm already looking forward to our next trade. Very best regards", Cherie
Received my bracelet and necklace today. OMG.....are they gorgeous! The best part of all is that the stones in both are IDENTICAL! I thought that they would look good together but I never dreamed that they would be the same exact stones! Thanks you for all of your very good service. It is greatly appreciated." Cindy (CA)
"The ring arrived this morning in all its beauty and glory. I thank you for being so kind to me and also so understanding. I would love to tell Calvin Martinez how happy his creation has made me. The Persian turquoise stones are truly magnificent. I wish you all the best, Sincerely yours, Krystyna." (Canada)
If you need to return or exchange an item, please contact us within 3 days of receipt. Returns must be shipped within 7 days of receipt, or you will need to exchange your item for another item in our store. As all of our items are custom, hand made, we reserve the right to exclude certain items for exchange.
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Antique "bear Chief" Bracelet Native American Sterling Silver Turquoise Old Pawn: $455