This incredible sterling silver and turquoise cuff bracelet showcases the fine art of Zuni cluster work and the extraordinary skill of Zuni jeweler Julie O. Lahi. Created in the much sought-after petit point style, the bracelet features a beautiful central rosette with fourteen Sleeping Beauty turquoise gems, and a half rosette with twelve Sleeping Beauty gems on either side. Each gemstone has been individually cut by hand to fit this detailed sterling silver setting. A remarkable example of a traditional Zuni art, this bold cuff bracelet is a valuable collector’s piece that will last for generations.
- Cuff bracelet handcrafted by Julie O. Lahi (Zuni)
- Sleeping Beauty turquoise
- Sterling silver
- Traditional Zuni cluster petit point style
- Bracelet measures 2-3/8” wide with a 5-3/8” inside circumference and a 1-1/4” opening
- Fits an average wrist
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Julie O. Lahi is a master Zuni lapidarist and silversmith known for her finely detailed petit point jewelry. Her cluster style pieces feature beautiful rosette and flower arrangements of hand cut stones.
This bold turquoise and silver cuff bracelet represents a traditional form of jewelry created nowhere else on earth. In the early 20th century, Zuni artisans took silverwork and stone-cutting to a new level of precision with their cluster style jewelry designs. This bracelet is an extraordinary example of a traditional jewelry style that is prized by the Zuni people and jewelry collectors around the world.
Cluster work is a jewelry style that is unique to the Zuni people and not found anywhere else in the world. Early Zuni jewelry resembled Navajo silverwork but in the 1920s and 1930s, Zuni artisans developed a signature style that involved setting large groups of hand cut gemstones into extremely intricate settings. The finely cut gems were often arranged in beautiful patterns that resembled flowers, snowflakes or wagon wheels. Though Zuni cluster work is most closely associated with turquoise, jet and coral, any gemstone may be used. Petit point and needlepoint are two types of Zuni cluster work and can be distinguished by the shape and size of the gemstones. Petit point refers to gems cut into round, oval, rectangle, pear or square shapes, while needle point refers to gems that have been cut into a thin sliver or needle shape. Cluster work is an extremely time consuming process and fewer and fewer artists are taking the time to hand cut their gemstones. A true piece of Zuni cluster jewelry is an exquisite piece of wearable art that showcases the unmatched lapidary skills of Zuni artists and will be an heirloom for generations to come.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
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