Handcrafted by acclaimed Native American artist Aaron Brokeshoulder, this sterling silver cuff bracelet is a beautifully finished and sculptural piece of wearable contemporary art.
Brokeshoulder has crafted a unique combination of inset of coral, textured center, and a highly polished outer surface with a wave pattern representing life-giving water.
He is known for leaving no surface of his work untouched, and even the reverse side of this bracelet is stamped with a traditional and geometric pattern.
A vision of beauty, this unique bracelet celebrates Brokeshoulder's heritage, and showcases his cutting-edge contemporary vision.
- Cuff bracelet handcrafted by Aaron Brokeshoulder (Santo Domingo Pueblo/Choctaw/Shawnee)
- Sterling silver
- Oxidized silver
- Bracelet measures 1” wide with a 5” inside circumference and 1-1/8” opening
- Fits an small to average wrist
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Aaron Brokeshoulder is a contemporary jewelry artist of Choctaw, Shawnee, and Santo Domingo heritage. His distinctive pieces are innovative and often industrial in style. He is known for using dark, textured metals, and pairing cast pieces with rings, chains, beads, and other elements that introduce motion into his work.
Brokeshoulder also creates traditional pieces with exquisite detailing and high-quality gemstones. Inspired by both his Plains and Pueblo heritage, he honors tradition and the stories of his ancestors in his acclaimed work.
In his jewelry, award-winning artist Aaron Brokeshoulder draws upon his Plains and Pueblo heritage, combining the beading traditions of the Plains Indians with the silversmithing traditions of the Southwestern tribes. He is known for pairing unique textures with gemstone beads in one-of-a-kind sterling silver designs, and creating fashionable, cutting-edge jewelry pieces.
Native Americans of the Southwest were introduced to Mediterranean coral by the Spanish. For centuries, Native people had been fashioning beads from shells like spiny oyster, and the deep red Mediterranean coral quickly became a prized material. Santo Domingo Pueblo incorporated coral into heishi bead necklaces used for trade or adornment. Hopi, Zuni, and Navajo artists used the gem for adornment and in necklaces worn in ceremonial dances. Coral was first set in silver in the late 19th century after the Navajo, Zuni, and Pueblo people learned silversmithing.
In the 1930s, traders encouraged its use by supplying it to Native artists, particularly the Zuni. Red is a sacred color for the Zuni, and they believe coral brings good luck and longevity to the wearer. Native Americans also consider the gem a sign of wealth and status because of its expense and rarity. Whether used alone or in combination with other valuable gems like turquoise, coral remains one of the iconic gemstones of Native American jewelry in the Southwest.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes, and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase, and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft.
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