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Western Jewelry Designs from the 1800's

Because of its unusual materials and links to the natural world, vintage western jewelry has a long history of attraction among free spirits, aboriginal peoples, and jewelry collectors. The southwestern jewelry trade has a fascinating history steeped in regional conflict and rich aboriginal heritage, making it historically relevant in ways that other accessories aren't. Examine the many types of antique western jewelry available and how this business began to flourish over a century ago.

 Designs of Western Antique and Vintage Jewelry in Different Styles:

 

1. Buckles for Belts

During the height of Hollywood's western marketing blitz in the 1940s, the characteristic enormous belt buckles still prevalent today acquired initial appeal. Western belt buckles aren't only for ranch workers and rough riders anymore, and excellent specimens from the 1970s can be found for between $25 and $200 on average. One online sale, for example, has a vintage Colt Revolvers signature belt buckle priced for about $30. Yles

 

2. Bolo ties:

The late 1940s saw the widespread use of bolo ties as an everyday fashion accessory, making them one of the most instantly recognizable western accouterments. A rope fastener is used to secure the decorative clasp to the base of the neck in these one-of-a-kind neck ornaments. These clasps were constructed of porcelain, agate, onyx, and sterling silver, among other materials. Bolo ties aren't as pricey as they used to be because of their narrow readership. Like this turquoise and silver antique one, Bolo ties may be found for around $20.

 

3. Earrings

 From the earliest times to the present, earrings have been discovered in several ancient societies throughout the globe. Because of the great quality of their artistry and the fact that they are comparable in price to semi-precious earrings, Native American earrings have been worn by the Native American people for ages. A historic set of Navajo opal and turquoise butterfly earrings, for example, went for $150.e at one auction.

 

4. Cuff Bracelet

These bracelets are often made of silver and have one or two huge natural stones inserted in the middle. Cuffs may be worn around the wrists or the arms, and genuine historic ones can be worth a lot. For example, a Zuni sterling silver cuff bracelet signed by Zuni sold for $300 at auction.

 

5. Rings

 Rings have been worn by people for millennia, much like southwestern earrings. Of course, changes in fashion raise the value of certain rings while lowering the value of others. Despite their plain appearance, southwest rings are nevertheless quite popular. The pieces have a weathered look because of their unpolished and rough surfaces. In the 1960s and 1970s, large-stoned southwestern jewelry rings were a popular choice for anyone who wanted to show their love of the region. For example, in one auction, a mid-sized antique turquoise ring is advertised for close to $70.00.

 

6. Necklaces

The design of southwestern necklaces is heavily influenced by Native American clothing. After being included, Squash blossom designs were used in beaded necklaces sold to tourists. Authentic antique western necklaces, especially those made by famous indigenous artisans, may be worth hundreds of dollars. These styles still influence southwestern jewelry today. FOR EXAMPLE, one T. Singer necklace was recently sold at auction for $450.