This vintage cuff bracelet was made of nickel silver (also called German silver) and block turquoise, in a traditional cluster style. This type of cluster form was first developed by the Zunis in the 1920s when they begin to group small pieces of turquoise into intricate designs--in this case, in a setting called "petit point." Navajos also adopted the form, and this piece was Navajo made. One question people often have about block turquoise and German silver is, Why would a silversmith not use natural turquoise and sterling silver for a piece like this that requires so much work? The piece was made for the tourist market, circa 1950s, when the demand for this type of jewelry was high. Low-cost materials were used, keeping pieces affordable, even big ones like this. Of course, it still took a great deal of work to make the cuff. Bracelets of this type are unisex, meaning worn by women and men alike. The three wire shank is not terribly thick, and one MIGHT be tempted to try to adjust the size by squeezing or opening, but with this style of bracelet, you can crack the shank if you do so and/or pop out a stone or two.
The bracelet face measures about 2-3/8" wide. Taking a soft tape measure along the interior, it measures about 5-5/8" around plus a 7/8" gap, or 6-1/2" total. That gap is quite small, even for narrow wrists, and so it may take a little time to find the soft stop under the wrist where you place one end and slip on the bracelet. Weighs 51g. Since the piece is unmarked, I did perform an acid test to confirm that this is NOT sterling silver.
Still an affordable piece for the person who wants a great traditional look.
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