Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Turquoise Bracelets

A customer recently asked me to make a series of four bracelets for her to give as gifts to her German relatives that will be visiting the US in June. Here are two of the bracelets that I have completed so far. I decided to do them with turquoise being the main color so that they could take them back to Germany as their authentic Native American Indian made jewelry.

I remember when my dad was stationed in Germany in the late 80's, there were all kinds of Native American Indian clubs over there at the time and the people really got off on Native American Indian items. At the time we lived on the economy in a small village called Alpen. One year for Faushing (I think that is the correct spelling) our neighborhood did a whole pioneer/Indian theme. So our family all wore our ribbon shirts and had our pendelton blankets over our arms and the neighbors were all pilgrims or pioneers, for our street float, for the town parade. It was tons of fun. My dad even ended up giving some of the neighbors some Navajo sand paintings for their American Indian collection.

Then when my husband was stationed at Holloman AFB in Alamogordo, NM, the German Air Force had just started to be stationed there also. I remember a lot of the German families would travel all over the state to visit the different tribes and go to their feast days and what not. They were just fascinated with the Native tribes. So my theme behind the bracelets was to make something that the German community would appreciate and enjoy as a piece of jewelry made by a Native American Caddo woman.

This bracelet was made with turquoise, smoky quartz, freshwater pearls, and bali silver beads.

This bracelet was made with turquoise, green turquoise, fresh water pearls, silver bali beads, delica beaded beads and an assortment of delica beads.


GalleriaLinda said...

My favorite is the green turquoise. Both are very elegant!


Rachel said...

Thank you Linda.

Designs by Jenean said...

Very pretty turquoise. My dad was stationed in Germany too in the late seventies and early eighties. We were there for about 2 1/2 years. It was a great experience.

Also, my beady name is Silverlined Rainbow Miracle Bead.

melody said...

I absolutly love the turquoise, smoky quartz, freshwater pearls, and bali silver beads bracelet!
I keep forgetting to come on your etsy site, I want to have more Rachel pieces too. I still have a necklace from highschool you made!
PS a friend of mine here is Caddo as well!

Rachel said...

Jenean, I like the beady name and I also like your site. Thanks for the comment.

Mel, just tell me what you want and I'll make it. What's your Caddo friends name, it would be neat to see how we're related.

Slyvoan said...

Green is my favorite too!

Melody said...

If you make one like the turquoise, quartz & pearl one, I will buy that in a second!
My friends last name is Sumpter (i think that's how it's spelled). Her dad is Caddo and her mom is another Pawnee (I know bad spelling again!) tribe.