Thinly stamped sheet silver, treated turquoise gems, and fictional symbols became coveted jewelry. That doesn’t seem to make sense, does it? Collectors of Fred Harvey jewelry beg to differ. We love it and consider the works of his company an important facet of Americana.
Fred Harvey is widely considered to be the entrepreneur who opened the West to tourism. First, he significantly upgraded lodging and food along the Santa Fe Railway. Then, he developed special stops for paying customers to experience Native American culture - a watered down version, at least. But Real Navajo jewelry was too heavy with fragile turquoise to suit the desires of his customers who wanted to bring a piece of the West home with them.
So the Harvey company developed jewelry of their own, cranking it out from 1900 to 1955. Pins, money clips, brooches, earrings, spoons, and other items were machine produced with sheet silver, treated and polished turquoise, and other gems. “Authentic” symbols were developed, including the Thunderbird, lightning, arrows, and animal symbols. A “Symbols Chart” explained their invented meanings to gullible consumers.
Today, collectors can spot Fred Harvey jewelry by the precise, machined lines, delicate construction and Native American inspiration. Bracelets, pins and brooches are collectible, in part for their kitschy appeal, which is why we have amassed quite a few. These are more delicate than traditional Native American made pieces and are composed of a band with stamped symbols or repoussé. The center usually features a piece of turquoise or another gem.
Did we mention we have a bunch of vintage Fred Harvey jewelry? Yep, the fact is, we are overstocked! That's why it is 50% off for a very limited time. No need to add a code, just go shop!
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