Social Media Friends – Weekend Special September 21-24, 2018

Hello to all our social media friends on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Linked In, Pinterest, Tumblr and more……………………

If you are reading this, you are one of our friends and likely a customer at the webstore

As you might know, we rarely have sales or specials but recently we marked down at least 50% of the items in our Vintage Shop and Bargain Barn to make room for the steady flow of estate items that are streaming into our store.

So besides the lowered prices (and free shipping on all Bargain Barn items) we are offering our Social Media friends a special offer from 8 AM Mountain Time Friday September 21 through 8 AM Monday September 24.

During that time, if you buy any TWO bracelets in our Vintage Shop or Bargain Barn, you may choose a FREE third bracelet of equal or lesser value to the lower priced bracelet you purchased.

So here’s how it works:

Go to the bracelet section in either the Vintage Shop or the Bargain Barn or both and put two bracelets into your shopping cart.

Look at the price of the lowest priced bracelet in your cart and choose a free one from either the Vintage Shop or Bargain Barn that is priced at or below that lower priced bracelet.

In the note section of your order, put the item number of the free bracelet, a brief description and the price. Continue checking out, paying for just the two bracelets. I will include the FREE bracelet with your order. If you want to tell me what social media program you saw this offer on, I would LOVE to hear !

Here is an example:

Say you want to buy these two bracelets:

Wilbert Benally $295


Steve Yellowhorse $195

You would put them in the shopping cart and since the lower priced bracelet is $195, look for a free one for $195 or lower.

Maybe you like this one

BP 410 Marisal Selecion $195

Don’t add it to the cart, just write in the note section

“FREE bracelet BP 410 Inlay $195”

and I’ll enclose the free bracelet with your order.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Remember, the sale doesn’t start until 8 AM Friday morning, but if you do your browsing now, you can have your choices ready……….Paula

The Three Stone Navajo Bracelet

One very traditional Navajo bracelet layout is the three stone bracelet.

#8 Turquoise 3 Stone Shadowbox bracelet by Navajo Wilbur Muskett

This layout is usually used when there are wonderful stones to showcase.

Vintage 3 Stone Bracelet with chisel mark E

The Three Stone layout works best if the stones match.

Vintage unsigned Royston Turquoise 3 Stone bracelet

Often the central stone is larger and the two sides stones are smaller.

Vintage unsigned 3 Stone bracelet

Sometimes the central stone is smaller and the two side stones are larger.

Vintage unsigned 3 stone bracelet


It is equally suitable to use the layout on a wire bracelet or a cuff.

Read about wire bracelets here – Wire Bracelets

Vintage unsigned 3 stone Bisbee turquoise bracelet on heavy 3 wire frame


Three stone White Buffalo Stone cuff bracelet by Joe Piaso

Read about White Buffalo Stone.


Vintage 3 stone bracelet with partial hallmark of P. This is a cross between a wire and a cuff bracelet. There is a heavy 4 wire framework and a solid sterling faceplate under the stones.Paula

Split Shank, Pretty Girl and Wire Bracelets

All three of these types of bracelets – split shank, Pretty Girl, and wire bracelets, are traditional Navajo and Zuni bracelet forms and all are open and airy making for comfortable summer wearing. The open spaces allow for ventilation, thus making the bracelets more comfortable to wear in hot and humid weather. Anyone who has worn a wide solid cuff in hot weather knows that it can make your wrist perspire. Perspiration can cause the copper in the sterling silver to tarnish more quickly.

A split shank bracelet is made by splitting the center portion of a solid metal strip (shank) with a saw, chisel or other tool to open it and make it wider. This makes a larger base to attach decorative elements.

Split Shank bracelet

Split Shank bracelet

The center is split into two, three, four, or five branches, most commonly three. Part of the sides and the terminal ends of the bracelet are left solid like the original metal plate – the sides can be stamped or adorned all the way to the ends.
The splits were originally made by hand with a saw or a cold chisel and a hammer. They are still done that way today but in some cases the splits are made using a hydraulic drop cutter.

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A Pretty Girl bracelet is a lightweight split shank Native American souvenir bracelet from the Fred Harvey era.  The decorations added to a Pretty Girl bracelet were set on a platform and usually were a combination of hand made and cast elements such as medallions, buttons, braids, wire and raindrops.

Pre-cut turquoise gemstones set into preformed bezel cups were the most common adornments – set onto a platform.  There were a variety of handmade and preformed platforms used  – from simple to ornate.

The edges of the bracelets were often scalloped. The side panels were often stamped with geometric designs, whirling logs, dogs, thunderbirds, arrows and more.

Five Wire bracelet, sometimes called spreadwire, made in copper by Bell Trading

The split shank bracelet, sometimes called spreadwire, made in copper by Bell Trading

Decorative stamping on the side pieces

Decorative stamping on the side pieces

border 2Whereas a split plate bracelet is is made from one piece of flat stock, a similar style bracelet, the “wire” bracelet is made from 2-10 or more separate bands of flat stock or round or triangular wire that are joined together at the ends.

Three “wire” bracelet made from three separate metal strips joined together at the terminal ends.

Three Wire bracelet made with round wire.

Three wire bracelet made with triangular wire.