This magnificent vintage cuff is from renowned Navajo silversmith Jerry Roan and features a breathtaking Morenci turquoise centerpiece measuring over 2-1/2 inches tall.
It is difficult to discern the magnificent size of this piece from the pictures, but you will be absolutely amazed.
It is a large size that would fit a man.
Despite a rich tradition of adornment, the Navajo did not learn the art of silversmithing until the mid 19th century.
The first known Navajo silversmith was Atsidi Sani who learned from Mexican smiths in the New Mexico territory around 1850.
Only 30 years later, Navajo silversmiths would begin using turquoise which has since become a traditional favorite.
Turquoise or "the fallen Skystone" as it is called by the Navajos was originally imported from Persia by traders passing through the four corners.
It is said that when the rains came, it mixed with the peoples' tears and seeped into Mother Earth thereby becoming the Skystone.
This cuff is a truly remarkable work of art, and boasts incredibly substantial size and weight.
The Morenci turquoise centerpiece is pervaded by a vibrant, traditional blue color with minimal veining.
The Morenci mine is located east of Tucson and produces a turquoise rich with iron-pyrite or "fools gold" which gives it reflective gold-tone spots.
The turquoise is surrounded by a scrolling border while the cuff's sides are characterized by three bands that taper and merge together.
The shoulders (or sides) of the bands are accented with applied leaf-shapes, both of which are decorated with a hand-hammered repeating saw-tooth motif.
You will find two marks impressed on the reverse of the cuff, the first of which reads "Sterling". The piece has been professionally tested to ensure the purity of the silver. Exhibiting some wear and patina, this gorgeous piece is clearly vintage.
This mark is followed by Jerry Roan's typical hallmark which reads "JR".
Roan's exceptional jewelry is highly-collectible, and this piece is a substantial and striking example of the artist's traditional yet bold Navajo style.
This is an investment piece to be sure; one that you'll want to keep on full display in your collection.
Face of cuff measures 3" long, 2-1/2" wide and rises 7/16" from wrist, Total width is 2 3/4", Shoulders are 2 3/4" wide, Opening at back is 1-1/2" wide, Turquoise centerpiece is 2-5/8" long, 2-1/8" wide and approx. 5/16" deep
Weight: 125.6 grams (4.43 oz)
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