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ElleElle

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Hi all,
Not sure this is the right place to ask...I don’t know much about vintage jewelry but received this interesting cuff from my mother in law (it belonged to her mom) and want to know more about it.
It appears to be Native American but again, I don’t want to speculate.
The center rotates 360 degrees to reveal a different turquoise and a red stone on each side. It’s etched on the inside with the letters LHN (I think). 34A6A5E2-428A-4436-A1BF-BA46AC4CAE42.jpeg 57935E12-4162-4DE6-ACCE-13A7DC4D2957.jpeg 0A07630C-CE38-4FB7-877C-E17C776C5080.jpeg 376AECC6-568A-4440-9E01-59047F3EAD7C.jpeg BF83E2BF-99F8-4571-B11E-5403E68526FB.jpeg Thanks for the help!
 

stracci2000

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This is very interesting!
I have never seen a Native American piece with moving parts.
This looks like Navajo work.
Probably from the 1940s - 70s. It's hard to tell.
It might be worth a pretty penny.
You can research the initials. Search for 'Native American sterling marks' and you will see many helpful websites.
 
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stracci2000

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I found some similar examples

 

stracci2000

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@stracci2000 Wow great finds, thank you!!!
I did take your advice and did a google search. The closest I came matching the engraving was this guy from the Hopi tribe. His style looks similar too. 2F4035CF-CC4D-4103-BD04-396E97218949.jpeg

It's a real statement piece!
I live in the US Southwest, and a bracelet like this is very desirable with collectors.
If you keep looking, you may eventually find out who LHN is.
Most modern silversmiths use stamps to mark their pieces. Because the initials are scratched on, I think this is a clue that the piece is vintage.
I love it!
 

Daisys and Diamonds

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Hi all,
Not sure this is the right place to ask...I don’t know much about vintage jewelry but received this interesting cuff from my mother in law (it belonged to her mom) and want to know more about it.
It appears to be Native American but again, I don’t want to speculate.
The center rotates 360 degrees to reveal a different turquoise and a red stone on each side. It’s etched on the inside with the letters LHN (I think). 34A6A5E2-428A-4436-A1BF-BA46AC4CAE42.jpeg 57935E12-4162-4DE6-ACCE-13A7DC4D2957.jpeg 0A07630C-CE38-4FB7-877C-E17C776C5080.jpeg 376AECC6-568A-4440-9E01-59047F3EAD7C.jpeg BF83E2BF-99F8-4571-B11E-5403E68526FB.jpeg Thanks for the help!

This is spectacular !
How wonderdul your MIL gave it to you (you must be good to her son)
 

LightBright

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BUMP!
Anyone know of a store or appraiser that can take a look at it? I’m in LA but surrounding cities are fine too.
Thanks!

This is a very nice, very likely authentic, vintage Southwest Indian piece. Are you appraising it for insurance purposes? Or to learn more about it? The most educated appraisers would be in New Mexico or Arizona. But there might be someone local to LA. You also could connect with a turquoise specialist (or interest group), since your turquoise might tell you something about when the cuff was made and where. If you don’t already realize this, turquoise gemstones come from different mines (located in different geographical locations), so they have different identifying features that characterize that particular mine’s product.
 
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ElleElle

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This is a very nice, very likely authentic, vintage Southwest Indian piece. Are you appraising it for insurance purposes? Or to learn more about it? The most educated appraisers would be in New Mexico or Arizona. But there might be someone local to LA. You also could connect with a turquoise specialist (or interest group), since your turquoise might tell you something about when the cuff was made and where. If you don’t already realize this, turquoise gemstones come from different mines (located in different geographical locations), so they have different identifying features that characterize that particular mine’s product.

Thank you!!! I’m curious if the piece is valuable, and it’s history! Will look more into this.
 
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