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 horsekeeping.com

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

and

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

What is a sweater bracelet?

Early on in my collecting of Native American bracelets, I was handed a contemporary Zuni needlepoint bracelet by the maker and was told “this is a sweater bracelet”.

Zuni needlepoint sweater bracelet by Jenny Eustace

I had never heard that term before and am a firm believer in “if you don’t know, ask”, so I asked and was told it is a style of bracelet where a design element has a “drop” – that is, it drops down so it lays on the back of the wearer’s hand and can peek out of the lower edge of a long-sleeved sweater cuff. Well that made perfect sense so I have used the term ever since.

A more subtle sweater bracelet by Jenny Eustace

Here is another example of a sweater bracelet by a Navajo artist.

Petit Point sweater bracelet by Navajo Betty Etisitty

Some sweater bracelets can be quite dramatic in how much silver and stone is “dropped” onto the back of the hand.

Unmarked NOS (New Old Stock) sweater bracelet

Unmarked vintage sterling silver and turquoise sweater bracelet

Here is a versatile sweater bracelet – you can decide which color you want to peek out.

Unmarked vintage petit point sweater bracelet in turquoise and coral

Some bracelets made a gentle downward sweep at the cuff.

Tommy Jackson, Navajo

Silver sweater bracelets often come to a point as they drop.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Paula

What is a Shadowbox?

Recently a customer ordered a shadowbox item from our store and when she received it, she was shocked saying “but it is hollow, it is not solid !!” We used the term shadowbox in the description and showed all kinds of views revealing the construction but perhaps if  a person has never seen a shadowbox, he or she might not know what they are looking at and what to expect.

Shadowbox Belt Buckle - Wilbur Musket, Navajo

Shadowbox Belt Buckle – Wilbur Musket, Navajo

A common jewelry technique used by Navajo and other Native American silversmiths to add interest and layering to a piece is a shadowbox.

The shadowbox technique consists of a cutout top layer that is usually domed and that is soldered to a solid bottom layer.

Vintage Shadowbox Ring

Vintage Shadowbox Ring

The cutout design on the top can vary from paw prints to kokopelli to blanket designs – limited only by the designer’s imagination.

Shadowbox Bolo Tie with Paw Prints

Shadowbox Bolo Tie with Paw Print Cutouts

The bottom layer might be left bright silver or oxidized to give a dark contrast to the cutout design.

Shadowbox Bracelet by Pauline Benally, Navajo

Shadowbox Bracelet by Pauline Benally, Navajo —-the underlayer has a darkened (oxidized) background for a contrasting accent.

Stones are often set into the shadowbox – some artists let the stones protrude somewhat out of the top of the shadowbox and others use stones that when set are flush with the cutout layer.

Shadowbox ring showing one flush (turquoise) and one protruding (coral) piece

Shadowbox ring showing one flush (turquoise) and one protruding (coral) piece

Paula

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

New Life for a Cracked Turquoise Stone Bracelet

The estate lots we purchase commonly contain at least a couple of damaged vintage pieces. We have the choice of selling them AS-IS, with extensive tarnish or soil, silver damage, a missing stone, a loose stone, a cracked stone……OR we can have the item repaired so the piece can be used again ! When I see a beautifully crafted necklace, ring or bracelet that would otherwise be tossed in a box to be forgotten, I do whatever I can to help revive the piece.

This beautiful bracelet hallmarked LESTER ORTIZ  and STERLING

weighs 89 grams and is 2 3/8″ tall at the front.

The gorgeous green turquoise stone (I’ll let you ponder the mine – please put your guesses in the comments below) was too good to toss.

I sent this bracelet to Diane at Old Town (see contact information below) who coordinates the work for the Navajo silversmiths there. Henry waved his magic wand over this one and turned it from trash to treasure !  Thank you Henry !!!!

BEFORE

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

DAMAGED LESTER ORTIZ BRACELET

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

AFTER

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

REPAIRED AND REVIVED BRACELET

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The repair service we use:

Diane Radeke
602-354-5028
P. O. Box 55935
Phoenix, AZ  85078

Paula