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Gypsy in Your Soul. American Gypsy Bracelet

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Gypsy in Your Soul. American Gypsy Bracelet

The history of the American Gypsy and Gypsy jewelry is exotic and has been a tale of intrigue. Gypsies or Roma people inhabited our nation before the English arrived. They came, the men, women and children, wearing their gold jewelry as they did throughout history. This jewelry is extremely rare. Why? Gold jewelry was security and brought good luck, acting against illness to the wearer. They would wear a jewel with the horsehoe pointed up so that good fortune would not flow out. Gypsies had neither bank accounts or stocks and bonds. They were nomadic people, always on the move. It was sensible and safe to keep their wealth on their bodies.Gypsy tradition was powerful and was against selling gold without dire need. All but one piece, that given to the oldest daughter, was buried with the deceased. During the Great Depression and the depression in the 1980's, gold was melted along with gold of the gypsies. Gypsy jewelry was solid 14kt gold, set with synthetic stones. They did not have the ability to authenicate stones. The motifs used in design are historic as well. There is twisted wire, star shaped flowers, engraved lines that suggest movement, sometimes rapid and direct and sometimes circuitous and squiggly. The horseshoe is prevalent. Barry Weber, an expert on jewelry of the American Gypsy can be seen on U Tube. He remarked: "Its rarity and beauty has pushed up the prices of Gypsy jewelry, making it much more valuable than the gold contained in each piece." Excellent condition.

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