Here's an amazingly unique, link style watch/bracelet that we've had in our personal jewelry collection for several years. Now that our collection has gotten somewhat too large we've decide to sell this stunning watch so some lucky person can enjoy wearing it rather than having it stay, unworn, in our jewelry box.
We found this watch in a well known pawn shop in southern Utah several years ago and as soon as we saw it we realized that we had to have it because of it's unique style that we had never seen before (or since).
What makes this watch so unique are the links that make up it's band.
Please see the pictures displayed below as they will describe this piece better than any words that we may write.
Here's what we can tell you about it:
At the center is a quartz watch with a turquoise face. (The watch is working). Attached to either side of the watch face are alternating links, some with turquoise stones and the others with handmade silver figures of six animals that are all important in traditional Native American lore. The animals include a bear (with a life line on it's side), a snake, a frog, a rabbit, a lizard and a bison (also with a life line on it's side).
The four beautifully matched turquoise stones are each set in handmade silver saw tooth bezels and each link is attached to the others with handmade silver links.
The combination of the different types of links is really stunning, besides being so unique.
The watch/bracelet measures 7+1/2" long and weighs a very comfortable 35 grams. There is a safety chain attached to the rear links, so if the clasp should open the chain will keep the watch from possibly falling off your wrist.
The link with the bear has three stampings on the back but we don't know their true meanings. One of the stampings seems to be a copyrite mark, another looks like a dollar sign and the third is a complete mystery to us. If anyone knows what these stampings actually mean we would greatly appreciate your letting us know. We always want to give our customers the best information available.
Due to State laws that regulate the amount of information pawn shops are allowed to give out we were unable to learn the name of the artist that make this watch. However we were told that it was made
during the 1970's and that it was made by a Navajo or Mexican artist.
To us that really doesn't make a difference since we consider Mexicans to be Native Americans. The last time we looked at a map of North America Mexico certainly was included, and it was actually Mexican artists that taught the Navajos (and other tribes) how to make jewelry using gemstones.
This wonderful example of genuine, handmade, Native American art will certainly make a fantastic addition to your jewelry collection.
Peace . . . Joan & Eddie