This Navajo Indian bracelet is absolutely ravishing! This bracelet prominently features a large nugget of genuine Branch Coral at the center. This Coral has been set against the brilliance of Sterling Silver that has been hand cut, twisted and stamped. The cuff was made from five hand cut and artfully arranged bands of heavy gauge Sterling Silver. Pueblo Indian jewelry artists often use Coral in their work to honor the Mother Earth. These Coral Sterling Silver Bracelets average 1-1/2". They'll fit a 5-1/2" to a 7" wrist. Stamped Sterling and signed by the artist. Genuine Branch Coral may slightly vary. You'll be getting one from the group of hand made one of a kind Coral bracelets pictured above.
There are four types of precious coral in Hawaii: black coral (Antipathidae), gold coral (Parazoanthidae), red or pink coral (Corallidae) and bamboo coral. Each of these has a different internal composition. Red and pink corals produce a calcite skeleton similar in hardness to ivory and pearls. Bamboo corals, on the other hand, produce a skeleton composed partially of calcite and partially of protein that is similar to the keratin in your fingernails. These alternating bands of material resemble a bamboo stalk; thus the corals' name. In Hawaii, black corals are found in 100-300 ft. of water, shallow enough to harvest using scuba equipment. Many harvesters, however, have died in pursuit of coral trees at the deep end of this range. Red, gold and bamboo coral are found between 1,000 and 1,500 ft; so harvesting is conducted with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) or submarines.
I understand the true value and nature of hand crafted Indian art. And, I recognize that it is important to know that the artist is truly a member of a Native American tribe. So, to ensure you that this is the real deal, a Certificate of Authenticity has been included with this item.
CERTIFIED AUTHENTIC NATIVE AMERICAN
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