Silver Turtle Watch Tip
A symbolic silver turtle watch tip signed FC. Each tip is has a stylised shield decorated with feathers and a turtle set with a polished turquoise stone. The turtle represents mother earth and the meaning symbolises good health and long life.The silver shield base attaches the stainless steel 25mm diameter watch face. The watch has an expanding stainless steel bracelet. We are pleased you have selected this piece of Jewellery. If you purchase this unique piece of jewellery for yourself, you will have acquired a watch tip of excellence in quality, style, and design. If this is a gift, to a loved one or friend, we trust they will be totally satisfied with your selection. In addition I am sure you will appreciate the skill and dedication of the artists and craftsmen of New Mexico, who fashioned this symbolic silver turtle watch tip.
Packaging (Silver Turtle Watch Tip)
We have designed a unique package for your special gift. This takes the form of an envelope decorated with sealing wax, feathers, and embossed with a star representing the lone star state of Texas,
Care of Jewellery (Silver Turtle Watch Tip)
To preserve the lustre of the silver a please treat with care. Where the jewellery is set with semi precious stones, additional care is necessary. Most of the stones used in this jewellery including, turquoise, mussel shell, and quahog etc, are classified as semi precious stones. It is pertinent to note, oily products and certain chemicals can damage semi precious stones. Before washing your hands we recommend the removal of, rings and bracelets. Detergents, and other cleaning products, or even applying hand or body lotions can have a significant effect on the brilliance and the sparkle of the stones,
We do not recommend a silver jewellery dip as this may affect the gemstones. We favour a silver polishing cloth, carefully avoiding the gemstones. If you need any advice we will be pleased to help.
Artist and Craftsmen
In the Victorian era, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West shows were touring England. Following the success of the shows, the popularity of all things Wild West flourished. Major features of the shows were the Native American. Queen Victoria’s love of turquoise coupled to the jewellery on show started a revival of the blue stone.
Today, with their traditions and skills, the Navajo silversmiths are amongst of the finest craftsmen in the world. They create silver jewellery with a harmony of form, using crafted turquoise, jet, mussel shell and coral.
Furthermore there are many other tribes in New Mexico, and Arizona .who makes jewellery and crafts. The Zuni make two distinct styles of jewellery, inlay and needlepoint. Needle point jewellery uses precisely cut polished stone flowers set in silver. This copies the needle and thread stitched flowers on a tapestry.
The Zuni also make exquisite inlayed jewellery. They use a mosaic of turquoise, mother of pearl, jet and coral set in a silver base. In addition to their skills with jewellery the Zuni tribe is also famous for its carved kachinas. They also carve animal fetishes for either earrings or necklaces
Hallmarking (Silver Turtle Watch Tip)
We use the Sheffield Assay Office to test the silver of our jewellery for purity. The Assay Office cannot hallmark silver, when combined with base metal products. Watch faces have stainless steel cases. For this reason we were unable to hallmark this symbolic silver turtle watch tip. The Assay Office at Sheffield currently holds our hallmark. The current use of lasers has made the actual stamping unnecessary. For the first time, this allowed hallmarking of Zuni inlay jewellery, without popping out the stones.
We at Wampum stock a range of genuine Native American Jewellery and crafts. In brief these include bolos, watch tips, bracelets, rings and earrings. In addition, and to ensure complete satisfaction, I handpick all the products on my site.
It is my intention to establish Wampum as the name for providing the highest quality at a fair price.
Since 1993 I have travelled to New Mexico to experience the culture of the local tribes.
Manufacture of jewellery creates a major source of income for the Tribes of New Mexico. The manufacture of crafts also adds another source of income. The skills of the artists are not only reflected in the jewellery they manufacture but also tribal artefacts, pots, artwork and beadwork