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Spirit of Santa Fe

Vintage Thunderbird bracelet w/Morenci Turquoise


Vintage cuff bracelet from the 1960’s. Navajo handcrafted with genuine Morenci turquoise and set in solid sterling silver. This bracelet has a small circumference. The inside measurement is only 5″ and a 1″ opening. Crafted in a design from the 1940’s this is a true collectable.

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Vintage Thunderbird bracelet w/Morenci Turquoise Details


Vintage Morenci Turquoise:
Morenci Turquoise is mined in southeastern Arizona, in Greenlee County. It is light blue to high blue in color. Morenci has an unusual matrix of irregular black pyrite, or fool’s gold; when polished, the pyrite often looks like silver. It also is sometimes webbed in a darker shade of blue, called water webbed. Morenci turquoise is well known because it was one of the first American turquoises to come on the modern market and is often difficult to obtain because the mine is now depleted, making it an exceedingly collectible turquoise. Material coming out in the 1960’s seems to be harder, tending more to the blue greens, usually with the pyrite. In the 1970’s, the material was a much brighter blue, often with quartz along with the pyrite

The Thunderbird is a mythical creature of huge importance to the Native Americans of both the United States and Canada. An enormous bird, he symbolized great power, strength, and protection for humans against evil spirits. Able to transform into human form by removing his head like a mask and his feathers like a cape, he was considered the most powerful of all Spirits in Native American culture.

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