Phase one Sterling cuff bracelet


#1

My Mom, say’s I purchased today a phase one sterling cuff bracelet. What is a phase one? No turquoise, solid sterling silver with relief on the inside and raised on the outside. I need help. It has no stamps no markings for artist. 1.5 in wide 2.5 circumference, 5.5 inches length end to end, weight 2.5 ounces. I do not recognize markings. It is well worn with age and some patina. Bracelet is very stiff, not easy to bend or widen cuff. She says it very old pre 1920’s or even older.

Please I need some knowledge and understanding. I don’t want to sell for the value of silver. I do not know the history of the bracelet. Found in a thrift store in evergreen co with other sterling vintage necklaces and bracelets, from estate donation.


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#2

First Phase is the earliest Navajo made jewelry, from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. You’re bracelet may very well be a Navajo First Phase bracelet, but you want to conduct diligent research to determine if it is. Also, it may be coin silver, not sterling, which is 90% silver, so you would want to test it for it’s silver content, or have it tested. Google “First Phase Navajo Jewelry” for more information.


#3

Thank you for you comment. I am in Colorado, Where would I send the pieces for the correct test on the metal?


#4

If you have a local jeweler, you could find out if they test for silver. Or, you could by the silver testing acid solution, and test it yourself, but confirming the silver content takes a bit of practice. Probably best to take it to a jeweler, if you know of one. Good luck. :slight_smile:


#5

My son buys silver and gold . He can test it. The design motif has really stump me. When first saw the piece a month ago it was very dark with patina black. Unfortunately a employee at the thrift store cleaned the cuff up. I just need to find out if it is Navajo.


#6

Hello, thanks for sharing. The pictures do not show big making it hard to get a close up, but I do not believe this to be Navajo.