I repaired a Fred Harvey era bracelet for a good customer. For those
who don’t know about Fred Harvey he made a name for himself by having
native American craftsman make silver and turquoise (and other
stones) jewelry. He had stamped parts and silver that he would supply
as well as the stones and sold them out of a catalog and at his
tourist gift or curios stores. During my last visit to Grand Canyon
his company still had the concession some 12 years ago.
Anyway, enough of the history lesson. So this Fred Harvey era
bracelet had broken. This is common with this design because the
bracelet was stamped out of 16ga ss sheet. But this bracelet was
extraordinarily ugly. If was in the shape of an artist’s (painter)
palette. It had various types of different colored 8mm round cabs set
around it representing the paints and one ugly quartz cab set in the
center. I tell you it was so ugly I kept it hidden and only got it
out to work on it and deliver it to the customer.
Well guess what. Some lady saw the bracelet and wants one just like
it. My friend committed to deliver. Now I should be working on it
instead of goofing on the computer but it’s hard to get motivated to
make something butt ugly. What a waste of silver and time.
Silversmith and Lapidary Artisan
Colorado Springs, Colorado