Robert Drozd is an award-winning jewelry designer from Arizona. He has done custom work for many celebrities and upscale jewelry firms and has been in this business for over forty years. In the fast-paced 1980’s, he and his business partner ran a custom fine jewelry store in sunny Las Vegas. He has since retired from the limelight, returning to his roots as a silversmith. His eclectic jewelry can be found in galleries throughout northern Arizona.

Dichroic glass became more widely known in modern society when NASA decided to use it in the 1950s and '60s. The difference is, instead of using silver and gold, NASA developed a process to vaporize metals with electron beams in a vacuum chamber and then apply it directly to surfaces in an ultra-thin film.

This process is now used to make jewelry-making supplies such as colorful beads, pendants and more. When making dichroic glass jewelry, the type of metallic oxides, order applied and number of layers used will determine the final look of the glass. Once the coating process is completed, the whole coated piece is fired in a kiln at high temperatures to fuse the oxides to the glass.

This beautiful cuff bracelet by Southwest designer Robert Drozd, circa late 20th Century, incorporates both traditional and modernist into one. The core of the bracelet is solid sterling silver; the central dichroic glass insert radiates changing shades of blue, green and gold with slivers of black; polished strips of onyx in graduated lengths finish the sides of the bracelet. The bracelet measures from 1 1/4" to 1/2" in width. The widest opening measures 2 3/16" across and 1 1/4" across the open end. Total weight is 2.745 ounces or 77.8 grams. Wonderful vintage condition with no issues; near mint.

Late 20th Century
Sterling Silver, Mixed Media
Black, Rainbow, Silver
Designer, Signed

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Robert Drozd Sterling Silver/Dichroic Glass/ Onyx Cuff Bracelet

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