This vintage bracelet was made in the 1990s in the style of Fred Harvey Era bracelets from the first half of the 20th Century. It was made by well-known Navajo silversmith Chimney Butte, of Albuquerque, who grew up in Arizona surrounded by pottery and jewelry making. He sold jewelry on the Santa Fe Plaza for many years before launching his jewelry making studio. Butte is known for using many gemstones, not just the traditional turquoise. Case in point, this bracelet features a large oval cyan-colored copper phyllosilicate mineral Chrysocolla, which has been used for jewelry since ancient times due to the vivid blue-green color. This stone comes from the mine in Bisbee, Arizona. It's not uncommon to find Native American jewelry made with chrysocolla instead of turquoise, as the two stones are similar in terms of hardness and ease of shaping. Plus, that cyan--mix of blue and green--color appeals to many of those who love the color turquoise. Chrysocolla is called a "stone of peacefulness," said to alleviate fear, guilt and nervous tension. It is thought to crystallize feelings of love, acceptance and tolerance. Chrysocolla is a considered a stone of Cancer and associated with the element of Water. Among those who work with gemstones for healing, chrysocolla is considered to be cleansing and to absorb negativity: "It can help flush and heal heart blocks, primarily working best Heart Chakra, although it can revitalize all of the chakras." Native Americans use chrysocolla for carving fetishes and in jewelry-making. It works beautiful as the centerpiece of this bracelet, with the smooth bezel and fine twist wire framing the stone. The simplicity is striking, and that Fred Harvey style slightly thin scalloped shank, adorned with starburst buttons, silver balls, and stamping are all the perfect complement for showing off the stone. Back carries the hallmark of Butte, as well as a STERLING stamp.
The width of the cuff, measuring the stone and bezel vertically top to bottom, is about 1-7/8". Taking a soft tape measure along the interior, it is 4-7/8" long with a gap of 1-1/8" for a total length of 6". This is a great size for a small wrist. Because the shank is not terribly thick, this could very gently be adjusted to slightly smaller for those with smaller wrists, and even for a Size 6 wrist, you may want to adjust the gap to be slightly less wide. Weighs 32g. In excellent condition.
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