Authentic Navajo Indian Red Coral Cuff by Tsosie Taylor
Heavy sterling silver Navajo cuff with oval red coral stone and stamp work. Signed by Tsosie Taylor, signed TM Taylor which includes his wife Mary Inside: 5 1/4" + 1 1/8" gap Top: 5/8" x 1 1/4" Taper to: 5/8" Stone: 3/4" x 3/8" The earliest known use of turquoise in the Southwest dates to about AD300. Turquoise has both spiritual and economic value for southwestern people. It is one of the sacred stones in Navajo beliefs. The color of sky and water, turquoise is a central element in traditional Navajo prayer offerings. In social and ceremonial activities, turquoise is often given as expressions of kinship and friendship. - Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Washington DC My Navajo jeweler friend, Wes Willie says, “If you wear turquoise, the Holy People can always find you.” Stone & Sterling Silver Care: Take care not to store turquoise with harder gemstones as they can scratch the softer surface of the turquoise. Chemicals in beauty products, such as perfumes and certain cosmetics, are harsh on the stone and can lead to discoloration. Be sure to apply these things before adorning turquoise jewelry. This applies to the chemicals in cleaning products as well. Do not submerge stone into water. Commercial jewelry cleaners are too harsh to use on turquoise. Only use a jewelry polishing cloth on the stone. For an extra care step, you can place jewelry into a sealable plastic bag to prevent silver from tarnishing. There are also anti-tarnish slips that can be added. If tarnishing does develop, simply rub clean with a jewelry polishing cloth. Bracelet Care: Please do not adjust this bracelet by pulling it open or crimping it closed. This will result in the bracelet becoming out of round, the stones falling out and permanent damage to the jewelry. Put it on carefully.