A war can upset everything, even in the art world. During WWII, government mineral mines were conscripted and in the case of copper, turquoise became suddenly unavailable. This made turquoise scarce, and expensive. But, being an inventive lot, the Native jewelers looked down and saw Petrified Wood laying all about. Colorful, hard, and lapidariable, they chose to use this in their jewelry. And we’re glad they did! The uninterrupted flow of silver creativity and development continued with Petrified Wood as its gemstone. Many silver innovations came alive during this period and silverworkers learned many techniques and styles while serving in the armed forces. Much of this was intertwined with “old ways.”
This bracelet is a prime example, with hand drawn heavy wire which serves as the shank. Inventive silver designs around the gemstone suggest what was then new and exciting patterns. Sharp eyes can envision designs and patterns in the Petrified Wood . . . what does your eye see?
Price adjusted from list to SELL!