This unique cuff bracelet is a masterful display of artistry and innovative design handcrafted by master Navajo silversmith Jack Tom. The sterling silver bracelet features a brilliant gemstone of blue Morenci turquoise, a rare, high-grade turquoise from a now-closed mined in Arizona. The textured surface of the cuff creates a unique shimmering surface, beautifully accented with freeform swirl designs. Beautifully merging traditional and contemporary details, this cuff bracelet is a beautiful showcase for a highly collectible turquoise and the artistry of jeweler Jack Tom.
- Cuff bracelet handcrafted by Jack Tom (Diné/Navajo)
- Sterling silver
- Morenci turquoise
- Bracelet measures 1” wide with a 5-7/8” inside circumference and a 1-1/8” opening
- Fits an average wrist
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Jack Tom is a self-taught Diné (Navajo) silversmith who has been handcrafting beautiful sterling silver jewelry for over 40 years. Tom is known for contemporary necklaces and earrings that feature hand-rolled sterling silver beads, exquisite details and layered textures. He often uses sandblasting and textured rolling, two techniques that he learned from Zuni jeweler Marvin Panteah. He has shown his work at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market.
Jack Tom is inspired by Navajo silversmithing traditions, which he interprets in innovative, contemporary designs. Morenci turquoise is a highly prized turquoise mined in southeastern Arizona that is light to bright blue in color, though some rare high-grade pieces from the mine are extremely dark blue. The mine produces turquoise with a “Birdseye" or "Water Web" matrix pattern as well as gems with an unusual veining of quartz and pyrite that looks silver when polished. The Morenci mine is closed and no longer producing turquoise, making this gemstone difficult to obtain and much sought-after by gemstone and jewelry collectors.
Today there is a vibrant community of Native American jewelers creating contemporary styles that challenge traditional forms, techniques and materials. Some artists experimented by working in gold or using gemstones like opals and diamonds that were not typically used in Native American jewelry. Others presented Native American symbols and icons in modern, stylized ways. Though artists began experimenting in the 1950s and 1960s, it was not until the 1970s that these innovative styles were embraced by the market. Since then, contemporary styles have flourished, bringing Native American jewelry to an international audience. By pushing boundaries, contemporary artists have truly elevated the technical expertise and sophistication of Native American jewelry, bringing it to the level of couture fashion and fine art.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. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art