Turquoise/Native American jewelry

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  1. alanfgag

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    A few recently acquired pieces... a silver ring in a stylized kachina form, with four bisbee turquoise stones:

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    and a few new bead necklaces, from top, a set of nice graduated silver bench beads (Navajo pearls), two long strands of ancient Chumash stone beads from the California Channel Islands, a necklace of ancient Roman empire hand cut amazonite beads strung with excavated Roman glass beads (perhaps two thousand years old) and a necklace of antique long faceted "Russian" cobalt Chief's beads, likely made in Bohemia or Venice a few hundred years ago, purchased by Russians for fur trade with Pacific Northwest native people. My trade bead collection is growing!

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  2. Bamaboots

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    Really great acquisitions, Alan. That ring and its stones is something. Not what I conjure visually when thinking "pinkie" ring.

    Your trade bead collection is a treat to look at and I'm glad I haven't stepped off that ledge. From the looks of them it appears size was important (they all look hefty) as well as quality of construction as there is a lot of symmetry in all of the work. Love the various shapes, textures and colors. Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. alanfgag

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    Many thanks Greg. I'm glad you enjoy seeing them.

    These are not lightweight strands, but most are very wearable weights. I do have a couple that could benefit from a good back brace. The source of these (almost all of the ones I own, actually) is a Washington based native community that has a remarkable collection of ethnographic necklaces. The prominent antique beads in each are a joy to see and handle and they are strung in very handsome combinations. Some have likely been restrung while others have been in these strands for a very long time.
     
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    Thanks for posting such an interesting piece. I had a friend that used to walk the desert with me, in search of artifacts. It amazed me that he found trade beads in the Mojave Desert. I have found shell beads, but no trade beads. I recently read of fur traders entering the "back door" of Alta California, to trade and steal. Here is a metate and mano that my friend found, he gave it to me before he died. The mano was beneath the metate, which was inverted. Hidden for safe keeping in a stand of mesquite.
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  5. alanfgag

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    Fascinating back yard artifacts!
     
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  7. Sheepdog149

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    Sportin' a beaded Lakota (Sioux) medicine wheel on a leather necklace[​IMG]

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  8. alanfgag

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    An old tufa cast cuff with four turquoise cabochons, described by the seller as Burnham turquoise (from the last chance, Burnham, Godber mine). Coin silver and unsigned.

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  10. alanfgag

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    Thanks Bob. I've been trying to find a way to display and enjoy my collection of trade beads. They are so beautiful to look at and handle - hate to keep them tucked away in a drawer. I put a bunch in an antique tray we don't use much and put some silver necklaces in another shallow bowl. Below, a few new additions that I haven't found a place for yet.

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    Bohemian red glass trade beads, 19th c.

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    Antique amber bead necklace from Morocco.

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    This should be my last upload of new native antiquities for a while. Doctor's orders. I am at risk of a broken neck.

    A few trade necklaces

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    Faceted carnelian agate beads made in Idar Oberstein, Germany, likely 19th century.

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    Antique hand carved carnelian and sardonyx agate dZi beads, Tibetan, found in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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    a long string of ancient Roman excavated glass beads, early centuries AD.

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    A old row bracelet with beautiful old square cut blue moon turquoise stones. Heavy patina that I will leave as is.

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    and a peace treaty ring for my wife which I hope will keep my neck safe for a while...

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  12. handymike

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    That cuff is amazing! There was one like it on ebay recently.
     
  13. Bamaboots

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    Good thinking. All beautiful pieces.
     
  14. Sheepdog149

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    Same ol' Navajo pendant[​IMG]

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  15. Yamahana

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    I am immensely fascinated by these vintage trade beads you have posted. Not only their beauty and craftsmanship but also the people, their cultures and era of time they represent. I know nothing about these vintage beads and haven’t had any type of beads since my young cowboy days wearing puka shell and heishi shell but I now have a new itch to scratch. I don’t know whether to thank you or to curse you for this new itch. I may not know much about them yet but these are now headed my way..[​IMG]
    Seller didn’t know much about them..they were from an estate sale.


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  16. alanfgag

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    Congratulations and sorry. ;^)

    This looks to me to be a string of various types of Venetian trade beads. The red, white and blue bead to the right of center is a chevron - it should have an interesting side profile.

    This book is a fabulous resource. The later expanded edition is very expensive to buy, but I was able to find a copy on eBay at a fair price. The earlier version is much easier to come by and much more affordable.

    The History of Beads from 100,000 BC to the Present by Lois Sherr Dubin

    The journey these old trade beads have made on their way to land in our hands for a while is something to ponder as we enjoy them for their intrinsic beauty. Keep us posted.
     
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  17. belfastboy

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    My wife and I just returned from 10 weeks in the south west USA. My wife has a turquoise necklace from a few years back and wanted a modest bracelet. Went into a recommended shop in Gallup that was huge in size and assortment of all things native American. We didn't buy anything as my wife went into sensory over load...her eyes could not come to terms with where to look there was so much stuff, so much colour, just so much of everything. We wandered about for a few minutes and left. She abandoned the search until we stopped for a Navajo taco in Shiprock NM and stopped into a much smaller shop. More of a general store with some Native jewelry. She found a simple, modest silver bracelet and is very happy with it. I will dig it out tomorrow and snap a pic.
     
  18. Sheepdog149

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    Beaded deerskin cuff:[​IMG]

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  19. alanfgag

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    I think I've worn this bracelet every day since I got it.

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  20. Yamahana

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    I’ve worn a copper bracelet daily of some sort or another for the past 15 years or so. ‘‘Twas this one today with a Kingman turquoise stone.
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