1960s Zuni Fred Weekoty silver turquoise watch band cuff (ready to add watch), Native American Indian jewelry Women's watch band, Zuni cuff

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Pictures do not do justice to the absolutely exquisite natural turquoise in this watch band. I believe it is made by Fred Weekoty of Zuni, as I've seen this particular hallmark attributed to him. (He has another hallmark with a stacked FW, which is often used in conjunction with a shop hallmark.) Weekoty produced jewelry mostly before 1970, and then went on to work with stone and other arts. The band here is made of stamped sterling silver onto which we have ten cabochons of turquoise, all a creamy blue to blue green, set in completely handmade sawtooth bezels. The piece came from the estate of a family that in the 1960s and 70s traveled all over New Mexico buying directly from Native Americans and reselling to retailers in Old Town Albuquerque. This was one of the few pieces they kept for themselves, and you can really understand why when you see the turquoise in it. In fact, I had thought about taking out the turquoise and making something new with it, since I don't wear a watch. But the band itself has so much hand stamping and work in it, and I just felt it should be used as intended. It fits perfectly a smaller wrist, and it's quite hard to find old Native American bands like this one that work on a woman's wrist.

The watch band measures just under 5-1/4" around using a tape measure on the inside, with a gap just over 1"--again, ideal for a small size wrist (my wrist, in the photo, is 6" around, and the watch band fits me nicely). The cuff is 5/8" wide. There is some darkening of the silver--I think it adds depth to the stamped areas and adds contrast--this enhances--the incredible turquoise colors. It wouldn't hurt to give a light polish, yet you would not want to remove the lovely patina. In good vintage condition.

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