This wonderful Native American hand made turquoise and silver bracelet was recently obtained from one of our favorite pawn shops in Gallup, New Mexico. The bracelet has thirteen rectangular-cut Sleeping Beauty turquoise stones. The stones are all in excellent condition, with no cracked or loose stones, set in deep saw-tooth bezels.
This bracelet was made by Navajo silversmith, Thomas Tso and is hallmarked T.Tso. It is a beautiful example of Navajo jewelry executed by a well known and collectible artist.
The bracelet measures 7/8 inch wide at the center. The inside end-to-end measurement is 5-1/2 inches plus there is a 7/8 inch gap. It weighs 46 grams. Suitable for a medium wrist. My wrist is 6 inches around and it fits me perfectly. Excellent condition! The silver is quite dark with age - looks good!
Pawn is simply jewelry that was taken in a transaction where cash money was given as a loan. The piece of jewelry taken in pawn is kept for over a year and if the customer has not come back to pay their cash loan, the pawn shop puts it out for sale, what is called dead pawn. Pawn jewelry can represent pieces that are both old and new. If you want to make sure that you are really buying authentic Native American handmade pawn jewelry you should get it from a pawn establishment like we did from this pawn shop that has been doing business in Gallup, New Mexico since the 1930s.