Created by Navajo and Zuni artist Alex Sanchez, this sterling silver cuff was created using the traditional jewelry-making technique of sand casting, and features a turquoise gemstone and geometric design.
Add a touch of color and contemporary style to your jewelry collection with this eye-catching bracelet that blends tradition with contemporary flair.
- Cuff bracelet handcrafted by Alex Sanchez (Zuni Pueblo/Navajo)
- Sterling silver
- Sand cast
- Bracelet measures 1-1/8” wide with a 5-1/4” inside circumference and 1-1/8” opening
- Fits an average wrist
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Alex Sanchez (b. 1969) is of Navajo and Zuni heritage. He was born in Mexican Springs, NM, and has made his life there with his wife and three daughters. Alex is the younger brother of Myron Panteah and Brad Panteah.
Alex has been making jewelry for more than a decade. His technique is a wonderful blend of contemporary and traditional styles. Alex works in heavy-gauge sterling silver and 14K gold. He chooses his stones carefully and works them into his petroglyph patterns, which are appliqued onto the heavy-gauge sterling silver. Alex has developed a flair for unique combinations of design and color.
Turquoise beads have been made in the Southwest for thousands of years. The Ancestral Pueblo people (formerly referred to as Anasazi), ancestors of today’s Pueblo tribes, mined turquoise in Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. Chaco Canyon, a major Ancestral Puebloan center, was at the center of turquoise trade routes stretching from the Pacific Northwest to Central America.
Turquoise was not set in silver until the late 19th century after Navajo and Zuni artisans learned metalsmithing. The blue and green gem quickly became a favorite with Native American silversmiths, and was extremely popular with tourists visiting the Southwest in the early 20th century.
Some Native Americans believe the gem was a gift from the spirits and call it the Sky Stone. Today, turquoise is one of the most iconic images of the Southwest and is still revered among Native American jewelry artists.
Sand casting is a generations-old method of jewelry used by Navajo and Native American silversmiths. In the casting process, a design is hand-carved into sandstone, creating a negative space where molten silver or gold can be poured. After casting, the piece is refined and decorated by hand. A single sand cast can take 3 or 4 days to carve and usually lasts for only a handful of castings, making this a fragile process that is practiced by only the most skilled artists. Jewelry created through sandcasting is often bold in design and substantial in silver weight and is favored by Navajo silversmiths to create both traditional and contemporary work.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, and to provide 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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