Handcrafted by Navajo artist Marlene Martinez, this bold cuff bracelet is a striking addition to any jewelry wardrobe. Standing out at the center are two vibrant blue turquoise gemstones with distinctive black matrix. A sculptural leaf element has been added using appliqué, a traditional Native American jewelry technique in which a design is cut out of silver and soldered to a base of silver. The open design makes this piece exceedingly comfortable to wear, and the bracelet can be adjusted to fit larger or smaller wrists. Beautifully dimensional with a unique silhouette, this cuff bracelet celebrates the fine art of Native American jewelry
- Cuff bracelet handcrafted by Marlene Martinez
- Sterling silver
- Blue turquoise
- Bracelet measures 1-1/8” wide with a 5-1/4” inside circumference and 1-1/8” opening
- Fits an average
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Marlene Martinez is a skilled Navajo silversmith who makes handcrafted jewelry designs inspired by traditional and classic Navajo jewelry styles.
The Southwest is known for the beauty and drama of its landscapes, from red rock canyons and rolling deserts, to expansive blue skies and shimmering sunsets. The Native Americans who have lived here for thousands of years have a deep connection to and respect for this natural world, and their reverence for nature deeply influences their art. Some of the most common nature-inspired designs and symbols are water, rain, clouds, corn, mountains and animals. For Native Americans, nature is a gift from the Creator and in their unique, handcrafted works of art they celebrate this incredible gift.
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 most iconic images of the Southwest and is still revered among Native American jewelry artists.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. 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 work directly with artists or partner with trusted wholesalers who can provide documentation that their artists and artisans are of Native American heritage. 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, we stand behind the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have developed lasting relationships with artists, dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.