Piece #11 of 100:
This one completely stumps me. I have never seen anything like this. I wish Mom could help me. But she can’t. Actually her memory isn’t all gone, as some days and moments are better than others. It is possible that one day I could ask her, tell me the story of this bracelet, and it would all come flowing back completely accurately. But then, three minutes later, she would say she didn’t know.
So, I’m on my own here, unless one of my readers (please?) can add to the story. This unique bracelet consists of pieces of shell connected by link rings, and embossed with copper leaves, pieces of rough turquoise, and decorated with chain. When I first saw the piece, I thought the background pieces were made of hardened leather, but Shoey insists they are shell. Yup, some of the embedded stones have fallen out. Sigh.
Mom loved taking bus trips to Arizona from the senior community where she lived, and I know that primary reason for her trips was to collect southwestern jewelry! My appreciation for Indian jewelry is just starting to bloom, as I travel down this road of jewelryy discovery. I recently tweeted about missing a business trip to Albuquerque because I was sick, and to make myself feel better (I really, really wanted to see Albuquerque) I just wore some southwestern jewelry around the house. Ha ha ha!! Nope, I didn’t take a picture. I was sick, after all.