Fred Harvey Era Five Stone Bracelet Size 6.5" Cerrillos Turquoise, Vintage Native American Jewelry

$833.00 $980.00

This five-stone row bracelet is one of the prettiest Fred Harvey Era pieces I've offered, thanks to the natural domed Cerrillos turquoise stones, each a slightly different shade, from deeper green to more blue-green. From a website about this mine: "Mount Chalchihuitl (the mountain in the Cerrillos Mining Disrict) is the site of the largest known prehistoric mining operation and the largest single deposit of turquoise ever found in North America. Native American cultures extensively worked the slopes of Mount Chalchihuitl and Turquoise Hill as early as A.D. 900. From the surface pits and short tunnels and shallow shafts, they recovered large quantities of beautifully colored turquoise stone. Because the prehistoric miners were limited to the use of stone tools, the extent of their mining is remarkable. As a trading commodity, the turquoise from Mount Chalchihuitl found its way throughout the southwest and to Canada and Mexico. After 1300 A.D., members of the nearby San Marcos Pueblo mined and controlled the turquoise deposits. According to legend, Spanish explorer Francisco Coronado sent specimens of Cerrillos turquoise to Spain in 1541 to join the crown jewel collection. And according to other undocumented legends, the Spanish later exploited the mines supposedly using Indian slave labor. These events triggered the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Pueblo Indians continued to mine the Mount Chalchihuitl and Turquoise Hill deposits until the early 1870’s, when a silver strike attracted an influx of miners who opened a new chapter in the Cerrillos turquoise story. Most miners worked the district’s silver-lead-zinc-gold ores, but others were drawn to the old Indian turquoise mines. Modern mining operations began at Turquoise Hill in 1875 and at Mount Chalchihuitl a decade later. The turquoise occurred as nodules, seams and veins. During the 1880’s, veins as thick as 3 inches were not uncommon. Cerrillos turquoise colors vary considerably; from pure sky blue to blue greens and greens with little blue at all." The turquoise in this bracelet has one green stone that displays very little blue at the green variety with little blue at all, although we also see the more blue-green as well. The piece was made circa 1930s, and like many Fred Harvey pieces, the silver is not very thick, although it is also not super thin. It is all hand-stamped, and the stamping is somewhat crude, which I really love about the piece. We see thunderbirds on each side as well as arrows.

The bracelet measures about 5-1/2" around using a tape measure on the inside, with a 1" gap--so 6-1/2" total. The width is 3/4" across narrowing to 5/8" toward the ends. Weighs 31g.

Highly collectible era and turquoise!


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