Vintage Native American Sterling Silver and Turquoise Belt
Native American Vintage Jewellery
Amazing vintage sterling silver belt. Handmade, Native American, Navajo circa 1970s - 1980s. Twenty handmade links with stamped design and turquoise cabochons.
Length 84.5cm / Square Links 3.3cm x 1.7 / Front Piece: 4.5cm x 3cm
Sterling Silver, Turquoise
Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, no dings or chips, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage piece.
About this Piece
Sterling is an alloy of silver containing at least 92.5% pure silver (925 parts of 1000 thus the 925 stamp), the remainder is made up of a mix of metals (most commonly copper) used to make the metal workable. Pure silver is generally considered too soft to work with, although you can find silver jewellery at 950 or 980, even the occasional 99.9% fine silver, which can be work-hardened to increase durability.
Turquoise is a mineral that occurs when water containing elements like copper and aluminium leach through rock. It's vivid blue-green colour is decided by the level of elements, more copper produces a greener colour, more zinc a yellower tone. It is a porous stone so to keep it looking beautiful for a long time avoid temperature swings, chemicals, cosmetics, perfumes and ultrasonic cleaners.