We often get requests for bracelets that will fit large wrists and right now, we have a nice selection of good ones. Here are three Navajo style pieces that I thought you might enjoy seeing.
The first is a bracelet set with black Jet by Orville Tsinnie.
Orville has long had a reputation for the heavy, beautifully stamped silver work that he creates. The Shiprock silversmith has won about every award at Native American Art shows that a silversmith can win.
And he is a really nice guy with a desire to make the best jewelry he can. This bracelet has 11 pieces of beautifully polished jet set across the outside of the bracelet. Jet is what coal was before it was coal and it has been used in Southwestern Indian jewelry for centuries.
The bracelet is 6 1/4” end to end with a 1 1/2” opening, so it will fit a good sized wrist! It is priced at $1500.00.
Jeanette Dale is a silversmith we have worked with for at least 20 years. She was soldering circuit boards for missile guidance systems at a factory on the reservation and when the factory shut down her mother, Juanita, suggested she try silversmithing.
The first piece she made sold to the first dealer she took it to in Gallup and she was hooked. Jeanette loves great stones and, like Orville, her silver work is heavy and elegantly
When she started making jewelry, the dealer she was working with told her to always leave a file mark or something on every piece so that people could “tell it was handmade.” And she does.
We have a large selection of Jeanette’s jewelry on the web site, but I wanted to show you two I really like.
The first is set with three beautiful pieces of Stormy Mountain Turquoise. It is 6” end to end with a 1 1/2” opening and it is 1 1/2” wide at the top.
Take a look at the ends of the bracelet where she has combined stamp work, twist wire and stamped beads of silver. Jeanette has always been one for stepping over the creative design line! This bracelet is priced at $2400.00.
The other bracelet of hers that we are featuring today is set with five pieces of beautiful, dark red coral. It is difficult to find this quality of coral today and it probably won’t be long until there will be some sort of moratorium on the use of it in jewelry. And there should be. It’s a classic example of people over harvesting the coral beds along with the damage caused by pollution and warming sea levels.
I purchased this coral years ago and just asked Jeanette to make some pieces up with it about a year ago. She has slowly brought the work in and it is all stunning.
This bracelet is 6” from end to end and has a 1 1/4” opening. It is priced at $2550.00.
We have a wide variety of bracelets in different sizes by Jeanette on our web site that you might enjoy pursuing and we are happy to answer any questions you have about sizing, materials or the artists. Give us a call or shoot us an email!
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