Historic Vintage Navajo UITA 15 Natural Turquoise Sterling Silver Bracelet

$830.00
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  • Tribe: Navajo
  • Condition: Excellent condition with approriate wear. NO damage to the stones or silver.
  • Size: 1-1/8" Wide with an Inside Circumference of 5-1/4" End to End plus a 1-1/4" Opening.
  • Artisan: Navajo, Dine', master jeweler working for UITA 15
  • Materials: Natural Turquoise and Sterling Silver
  • Item Weight: 33 Grams / over 1-1/4 Ounces
  • Hallmark: Marked "UITA 15" with a stylized arrow in the gap between the "I" and "T"

This historic vintage Native American handmade natural blue turquoise and Sterling silver bracelet was created by a Navajo, Dine', master craftsman working for UITA 15. A gorgeous tear drop shaped light blue turquoise stone is surrounded by twisted wire, silver drops, and six smaller round turquoise stones. All are set on a silver tab shaped to highlight the turquoise. Four repousse disks accompany the central tab on a shank of three round silver wires. UITA, or the United Indian Traders Association, was founded in 1931 with express purpose of authentication of Indian crafts. This group of Forty leading Native American Arts dealers began applying the "UITA" mark to Native American jewelry in 1946 after the IACB, or the Indian Arts and Crafts Board of the US Department of the Interior, ended its program of applying marks to authentic, high quality, Native American made silver jewelry in 1943. This piece is marked "UITA 15". Unfortunately, a fire destroyed the building holding UITA's records, so we may never know which trader stamped this mark. However, it guarantees the authenticity of this piece and places it firmly in the historic record.