This listing is for a vintage Native American, Navajo hand-made cuff bracelet, made of sterling silver and turquoise. This cuff bracelet is a showstopper, dating back from the later mid-century (1970s- 1980s). Its in excellent vintage condition with its original patina and original stones. The cuff is made up of 4 round shanks, being thicker heavy gauge silver. At each end of the cuff where the 4 shanks meet, smooth end caps were applied for easy application to the wrist.
The quadruple shank is very sturdy and doesnt have much give. Its a very well made solid piece.
The Artist Hand carved each stone before placing them in finely etched sawtooth bezels. They have rich pastel blue and green colors with lighter matrixes running through out. Every stone is in mint condition with no cracks or inclusions and all are secure in their settings.
The design is very ornate and symmetrical with each side of the cuff consisting of matching wing sections. The face of the cuff is the showcase for this piece. The thick bed of silver is oval in shape with the outer edge having a scalloped border and silver droplets in between. The silver has a dark oxidized finished adding great depth and dimension to the piece, causing the stones and silver work to pop. The center stone is quite large taking up half of the surface area for the front.Twisted rope surrounds the center stone before a row of large teardrop stones. Silver droplets rest between each teardrop stone and another twisted rope follows. The two wing sections follow the same silver work technique as the face. However, Begay changed it up a little with the stones. He used 2 of the large teardrop stones at the North and South ends of the wings but used a very uniquely shaped stone in the middle. This is definitely something you dont see often but it works and was beautifully well done. The back of the face is stamped with the Artists signature, W. Begay, a master Navajo silversmith. There is no sterling stamp however, the bracelet has been tested and verified as.
This unique Navajo made piece will make a great addition to your existing Native American collection or it could be the the perfect piece to start one. Cherish and enjoy this cuff now.... And hand it down to loved ones in the future. Inner Circumference End to End - 5-1/4.Gap - 1-1/4 (NOT ADJUSTABLE). Total Inner Circumference Including Gap - 6-1/2 (will fit a 6-1/4 wrist or smaller comfortably).
Face of Cuff Measures - 2-3/4 Tall x 2-5/8 Wide (Not including side wings). Side Wings Measure - 2 Tall by 1 Wide. Center Stone Measures - 1-1/4 Long by 7/8 Wide. Teardrop Stones Measure - 7/16 Long by 1/4 Wide.
Large Stones on Wings Measure - 1-3/8 Long by 1/4 Wide. Signed By Artist - YES, Navajo Artist; W. Stamped Sterling - NO, tested and verified.Later Mid-Century, Late 1970s - Early 1980s. Condition - Preowned, in excellent vintage condition with all original stones and patina, ready to wear or display. I treat every item as if it were my own. Extra bubble wrap and packing materials are used to ensure a safe arrival to its new owner. Please see all 12 photos!!
Enlarge them and study them. Ask any questions you may have. Im always here to help and I respond quickly and nicely. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING AUTHENTIC NATIVE AMERICAN JEWELRY!The item "LARGE Vintage Navajo Sterling Silver Turquoise Cluster Cuff Bracelet" is in sale since Thursday, May 7, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Bracelets". The seller is "native-obsession" and is located in Atkinson, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.