This vintage cuff bracelet is a true work of Native American art. Made by Navajo silver artist Wes Craig, this bracelet features superb design elements and the finest materials.
The bracelet is made of solid sterling silver with 12K gold-filled overlay. The center is a large genuine amethyst gemstone (approximately 7 carats). The stone measures 10mm by 15mm. The stone is highlighted by a raised framework of silver and gold-fill.
The sides are engraved with the figure of Kokopelli, who according to Navajo legend, is a God of harvest and plenty. It is thought that his sack was made of clouds full of rainbows or seeds. He plays a flute and was the predominant figure in the landscape of the Southwest, from 500 A.D. through 1325 A.D. He's still a fertility deity to many Native American tribes and is instantly recognized by his silhouette.
The bracelet is signed WES CRAIG - 12K GF - SS (for sterling silver) WHI. It measures 1 inch wide at center. The inside cuff measures 5 7/8 inches end to end with an opening of 1 1/8 inches for a total of 7 inches around. The bracelet weighs 40 grams. The bracelet is solid and has no flex so should not be bent. Should fit a wrist that's 6.5 to 7 inches around beautifully.
The bracelet hasn't been polished as we leave the original patina as found for those who prefer it. The bracelet is in excellent condition. Circa 1980s.
Wes Craig and his brother Hyson Craig are well-known Navajo artisans who produced their jewelry in the 1970s and 1980s. Both are listed in the book "Hallmarks of the Southwest" by Barton Wright (page 55).
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