An outstanding vintage Native American sterling and turquoise cuff bracelet.
The Navajo bracelet is beautifully crafted using a very large natural turquoise.
The color of the stone is fabulous, a clear blue turquoise with interesting brown and black matrix with flecks of metallic silver which is pyrite and indicates it is Morenci turquoise from southeastern Arizona.
The large center stone is asymmetrical, it bezel set and framed with fine twisted wire.
The sides of the bezel are wide to accommodate the solid turquoise, decorative stamping embellishes the bezel.
Six repousse and stamped leaves cradle the stone, each have a solid bead of silver between them.
The wide band was made from three heavy half round wires that are wide in the front and gradually taper towards the back.
Heavy triangular wire is soldered vertically on either side .25" beyond the edge of the leaf design. The flat sides of the triangular wire have stamped designs.
The oxidation appears red in the photos, it is actually dark gray-black.
Very well made and in excellent condition, no damage and minimal wear.
The bracelet is a small to medium size. The turquoise centerpiece measures 2.25" by 1.25", the stone is 1.5" by 1" (38mm by 25mm). the silver band measures 1.5" at the sides next to the centerpiece and tapers gradually to 5/8" wide in the back. The inside circumference is 6" including the 1&3/8" opening.
Total weight is a hefty 88.2 grams.
Signed on the back with the initials and galloping horse hallmark of Native American Navajo artist, Loren Begay. Unmarked for silver content, the bracelet tested sterling with acid.
An incredibly beautiful Native American sterling bracelet c1960-70s.
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