- The Originals
One of a Kind piece - Navajo handcraft
Artist : Harrison Jim
Superb solid silver cuff bracelet set with an inlaid cross in coral, jet and turquoise.
This cuff was made with one of the ancestral processes of Navajo jewelry: the Tufa Cast technique.
The artist takes a mold made of volcanic stone (tufa) and divises it in two parts. In the first part, he carves a design of his choice, melts silver in, and tightly covers it with the second part of the mold. Once the silver is hard, the mold eventually breaks, making this piece a unique item. This technique creates a jewel of traditional rough aspect on which we can clearly see the beautiful lumps of tufa stone.
The cross is made in a beautiful type of marquetry called "cobble inlay". "Cobble" means "cobblestone" in English, a perfect name for this exceptional work, as elegant as it is massive, which although contemporary imitates the ancestral technique of mosaic.
This cross, and the many others that have been molded on this beautiful bracelet consist of two branches of equal dimensions is called by the Natives the "Crossroads cross", literally crossroads, this symbol is synonymous with choice.
Wrist size (in inches) : 7"
Width (in mm) : 50mm
Dimensions of the central cross (in mm) : 30mm x 30mm
This cuff bracelet is made in sterling silver.
Proudly handmade in the USA.
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