Offered for sale: Sterling cuff bracelet with stunning stone on stone inlay and needlepoint turquoise sunface design by Zuni artists Shirley and Benjamin Tzunie.
This bracelet has been in my collection for many years. The cuff Sterling Silver bracelet has a sunface design using both stone on stone inlay and needlepoint turquoise. The inlay has an unusual combination of colors -Turquoise, Onyx and a touch of red coral. There are 2 colors of turquoise -a blue tone used in the inlay and a green tone needlepoint turquoise.
The top of the bracelet has a diameter of 2 1/2 inches. The stone on stone inlay design on the top of the bracelet consists of a sunface design in the center surrounded by twisted wire decoration which in turn is surrounded by needlepoint turquoise. Between the needlepoint turquoise and the scalloped 2 color inlay edging is 2 rows of twisted wire decoration. Around the edge of the bracelet is a 2 tone black and turquoise stone on stone inlay with scalloped edges and a small silver bead on the edge between the scallops.
The bracelet is a 3 wire cuff which tapers down to 1/2 of an inch on the ends. On each side of the bracelet are stabilizing bars decorated with the same inlay design as the edging around the top of the bracelet. The ends of the bracelet also have stabilizing silver bars.
The bracelet is marked 'Sterling' on the back. Also on the back in script is the names of the artists 'Shirley & Benj Tzunie Zuni'. The bracelet measure 5 1/2 inches around the inside without the opening. The opening measures 1 1/2 inches. My wrist is 6 1/2 to 6 3/4 inches and the bracelet is very loose on my arm. The bracelet can not be sized without ruining the inlay.