This eye-catching sterling silver cuff bracelet was created with blue turquoise, a gemstone prized by Native American artists. Zuni jeweler Sheldon Lalio handcrafted this piece using a channel inlay design of blue turquoise, accenting the bold blue gems with a ridged sterling silver border. A classic silhouette, this cuff can be stacked with other bracelets or worn alone, making it a design that complements every style.
- Cuff bracelet handcrafted by Sheldon Lalio (Zuni)
- Sterling silver
- Blue turquoise
- Traditional channel inlay
- Bracelet measures 1/4” wide with 5” inside circumference and a 1-3/8” opening
- Fits a small to average wrist
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Sheldon Lalio is Zuni jeweler who specializes in handcrafted sterling silver inlay bracelets featuring fine stonework in turquoise, lapis or coral.
Turquoise beads have been made in the Southwest for thousands of years. The Anasazi, the ancestors of today’s Pueblo Indian tribes, mined turquoise in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. Chaco Canyon, a major Anasazi 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 beloved by Native American jewelry artists.
Channel inlay is a distinctive jewelry technique closely associated with Native American people of the Southwest, particularly jewelers of Zuni Pueblo. When creating channel inlay jewelry, artists set precisely cut gemstones into pre-formed silver channels. The technique allows artists to use colorful combinations of gemstones in complex and creative patterns. Channel inlay requires masterful silversmithing and lapidary skills and is utilized by Native American jewelers to create magnificent jewelry pieces recognized for their craftsmanship and beauty as art.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
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