It's always fun to find a hallmark after you purchase a piece of interesting and beautiful jewelry and that's what happened with this stunning bracelet. I always use a loop to check for any possible damage and that's how I found out that this lovely old piece was made by noted Zuni artist's Nicholas and Theresa Leekela. The hallmark is not visible to the naked eye ( at least not mine! ) but we were able to photograph it. This is a large vintage Zuni sterling bracelet having three stunning, circular inlays consisting of spectacular Blue Gem turquoise stones, hand cut mother of pearl and jet stones. The inlays are beautifully surrounded by hand stamped shanks and silver twisted wire. Unique hand stamped silver shells are beautifully nestled between the stones. The cuff consists of 4 very thick triangular silver shanks. Sterling silver. The bracelet measures1 1/2" tall at the center and weighs a solid 55 grams. The inner circumference measures 5 1/4" plus add another 1" ( just under 1 1/4" ) for the opening giving you roughly 6 1/4" to 6 1/2" to work with. This beautiful old Zuni bracelet is hallmarked Nicholas Theresa Leekela and tests as sterling. In excellent vintage condition!
A TIP ON BUYING THE RIGHT SIZE BRACELET! YOU NEED 2 MEASUREMENTS!! YOU NEED THE TOTAL WRIST SIZE IN INCHES PLUS (MOST IMPORTANTLY) HOW BIG OF AN OPENING FOR YOU TO SLIP THE BRACELET ON! THE BEST WAY TO FIND YOUR SIZE IS TO TAKE YOUR FAVORITE BRACELET THAT FITS YOU WELL AND MEASURE THE INSIDE END TO END NOT INCLUDING THE OPENING. THEN MEASURE THE OPENING SEPERATLY SO YOU KNOW HOW BIG THE OPENING MUST BE FOR YOU TO GET THE BRACELET ON! ADD THE TWO FIGURES AND THEN YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF YOUR BRACELET SIZE! YOU WILL ALWAYS NEED TO KNOW THE OPENING SIZE BECAUSE IF THE TOTAL INCHES ARE CORRECT BUT THE OPENING IS TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL YOU STILL WON'T BE ABLE TO WEAR THE BRACELET. I HOPE THIS HELPS MANY OF YOU OUT THERE BECAUSE WE WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY WITH YOUR PURCHASE AND TO BE ABLE TO WEAR WHAT YOU BUY! STILL NOT SURE? GO TO YOUR LOCAL JEWELER AND HAVE THEM MEASURE YOU! PLEASE UNDERSTAND WE DO NOT DO RETURNS SO KNOW YOUR "RANGE" OF BRACELET SIZE.
Beautiful old Nicholas Theresa Leekela Blue Gem Turquoise MOP & Jet inlay sterling Zuni bracelet
- Vintage item from the 1960s
- Materials: sterling, turquoise, coral, Mother of Pearl, jet, oynx
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- Only ships to United States from Texas, United States.