This Museum quality Navaho belt buckle is signed VMB. Victor Moses Begay is a legend in Native American Silver jewelry.
It measures 4.25 by 3.16 inches (80 mm x 107 mm).
It is in excellent condition. It weighs a little over 100+ grams.
Victor Moses Begay, a Navajo silversmith, worked in producing classic Navaho silver from the 1950s to the early 1980s.
His pieces are extremely rare to find since he stopped producing in the early 80's and always gets top dollar in the jewelry market.
His jewelry is also featured in museums around the country including the Heard Museum of Phoenix AZ and the Harvard Peabody Museum.
He was well known for the meticulous detail he put into his work.
This antique Tibetan necklace consists of a cross pendant of silver with tiny detailed inset stones of coral and turquoise.
The necklace which has numerous old silver and gemstones in combination.
It measures about 18 inches long stretched out end to end.
the pendant measures 1.75 inches by 2 inches by itself.
This two inch wide silver bracelet in the shape of a cuff contains fifty-eight(58)faceted emeralds.
Each gemstone measures ranges in size from about 8 x 10 mm to about 10 mm x 14 mm in size. There are 17 tear drop shaped stones and 41 oval stones.
The colors range from a slightly pale green to a very rich brilliant green.
There are inclusions in all of the stones as should be expected in emerald or beryl (which is what all emerald really is, regardless of it's color.)
The silver is marked .925 on the clasp and all of the stones are in excellent condition with no obvious damage or repairs.
This bracelet measures about 2.5 inches on it's internal diameter. (This is an estimate, but it's a careful estimate).
Words really don't do justice to this bracelet, but the pictures help.
This silver Turkoman or Kazak fibula (breastplate) measures approximately nine inches from top to bottom. The diamond shape measures about five inches side to side or 4 1/2 inches when measured straight across as a square. It is about 1/4 inch or 6-7 mm in thickness. It appears to be solid rather than hollow. It has a black linen pad hand stitched to the reverse , which helps to document that it was actually a family heirloom, rather than merely having been produced to sell to tourists. It dates from the latter part of the 19th century and is in excellent condition. It is inset with carnelian, jade and black onyx or jet cabachons. It is covered on the front with gilding and triangular silver shapes covered with silver dots. It is unmarked, but guaranteed to be about .900 silver or better. Many silversmiths melted old silver coins to obtain their silver for making jewelry. Most coins were about .900 silver in quality.
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This antique mesh bracelet has an old classic carved shell cameo mounted in the clasp.
It is surrounded by an ornate Pinchbeck frame which measures about 1.25 to 1.5 inches. It is attached to a gold color mesh bracelet or cuff that measures 6.5 inches clip to clip. It also measures about 1.5 inches in width.
It dates from the late 18th century to the early 19th century.
It is not marked in any way and we have not tested it for gold content.
"Pinchbeck" is a form of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. Since gold was only sold in 18-carat quality at that time, the development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy gold 'effect' jewelry on a budget. Pinchbeck was used to replace gold for a very short period of time.
This sterling silver belt buckle measures 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches at it's widest points..
It is set with 21 nugget shaped turquoise gemstones of good color.
We don't know the specific mine that these stones came from on this one, but they are gorgeous.
It is marked .925 on the reverse on an added on rectangular shield.
It has hand tooled repeating leaf patterns around the outside edge.
We estimate it as circa 1950-1960.
It is in excellent condition. Note: Although the photos don't show it properly- the silver post that catches on the belt is complete-although it might appear otherwise. This belt is fully functional and does NOT need any adjustments or repairs.
It has a small.925 mark stamped on the reverse. It is guaranteed to be sterling silver.
The kachina figure is set against a hand tooled repeating pattern background. It is in excellent condition.
It dates circa 1950-1960.
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This carved jade bangle measures 3 inches (outside diameter) by 1 3/8 inches in width. It's interior diameter is 2 1/4 inches.
This is a very heavy carved nephrite jade bracelet with outstanding carved archaic repeating pattern symbols.
Although the carved patterns are archaic in style and execution, this heavy jade cuff most likely dates between 1880-1920. It is in excellent condition and there is a natural inclusion in the stone (see close up photos).
These two apple green jade carvings are close enough in size, style and color to be loosely called a pair.
Each is carved on both sides with a happy Buddha figure also known as a Bodhai or Putai (see photos).
They each measure about 20mm x 25 mm x 5 mm in depth.
They are both apple green jade.
They are a close match, but not absolutely identical-with minor inclusions that differ slightly.
These date to about the middle of the 20th century in China.
They are in excellent condition with no damage or restoration-and drilled for hanging.
We don't believe these are dyed, based on where and when they were acquired, but we cannot guarantee that without testing them- which was not done. Instead we have priced them so that it won't matter either way. In addition, if we are correct and they aren't dyed, the buyer should be even more pleased with the purchase.
These hand tooled silver bracelets or bangles are Asian (possibly Miao or Tibetan) and date from the early 20th century.
They are almost identical but not a matched pair. One of them is slightly larger than the other.
The larger one measures approximately 3 1/8 inches (7.7 cm) in diameter and just under 2 1/2 inches (6.3 cm) on the interior diameter. The smaller one measures approximately 3 inches (7.4 cm) in diameter and just under 2 3/8 inches (6.1 cm) on the interior diameter.
There are no silversmiths marks, silver marks or country of origin marks of any kind on either bracelet.
We haven't weighed these, but they are appear to be hollow, with lovely hand worked details overall. They are in excellent condition.
They are part of a small collection of Asian silver items (Tibetan, Chinese & SE Asian that were acquired from the same source(see photo enlargement ) and will be offered, or are currently being offered for sale.
This hand worked Turkoman silver ring has fine details of wrapped silver wire and a gold wash.
It measures about 20 mm (interior measurement).
It is mounted with a carnelian cabochon measuring about 10 mm by 20 mm.
It is in excellent condition and weighs about 8 grams.
It was purchased as part of a collection of Afghan jewelry which included Kazak and Turkoman tribal pieces.
This carved jade pendant measures about 2 inches tall by 1 1/4 inches wide by about 1/2 inch in depth.
It is carved from a piece of jade that has a basic colors ranging from brown to pale celadon green . It also has a few natural forest green inclusions in the shape of a feather. The strong brown tones were created by utilizing the skin of the jade which is an indication of a water worn worn pebble.
It is carved in the shape of a fish in front of a natural plant shape or lotus leaf.
It weighs 37.6 grams.
It dates to about the middle of the 20th Century in China