Ernest Rangel Sterling Silver Lightning Bracelet

Item No: 5081

$ 540.00

  • Handcrafted by acclaimed Navajo silversmith Ernest Rangel, this bold sterling silver cuff bracelet is a dramatic study in contrasts. Created through the traditional tufa casting method, the bracelet juxtaposes a highly polished lightning design with a darker, textured background. Known for his mastery of both traditional and contemporary styles, Rangel has created a classic all-sterling design that can be worn on any occasion.

    • Cuff bracelet handcrafted by Ernest Rangel (Diné/Navajo)
    • Sterling silver
    • Tufa-cast base with appliqué zigzag detail
    • Measures 3/4” wide with a 5-3/4” inside circumference and a 1-1/2” opening
    • Fits an average wrist
    • Due to its heavy gauge, this cuff is not adjustable
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

    Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.

  • Ernest Rangel is an award-winning Navajo silversmith from Gallup, New Mexico, who is also a professional rodeo cowboy. He began make jewelry as a teenager, learning from his mother. He is known for his dramatic and sometimes rugged jewelry style, and sterling silver belt buckles and bracelets are considered his signature pieces. Often created through traditional tufa casting, Rangel’s work includes both traditional and contemporary designs.See Featured Artist Page
  • In this handcrafted sterling silver cuff bracelet, Ernest Rangel seamlessly incorporates traditional techniques and symbolism into a modern, wearable design. The bold zigzag design represents lightning, which is a symbol of swiftness, strength and rain, and also a powerful reminder of the Navajo people’s connection to the natural world.
  • Tufa casting is a generations-old method of jewelry making developed by Navajo silversmiths. Tufa is a porous volcanic stone found in New Mexico and Arizona that is easy to cut and carve. In the casting process, a design is hand-carved into tufa stone, creating a negative space where molten silver or gold can be poured. After casting, the piece is refined and decorated by hand. Typically, tufa molds last for only one or two castings, making this a fragile process that is practiced by only the most skilled artists. Jewelry created through this process can be identified easily by the distinctive texture left on the metal by the tufa stone during casting.

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  • 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. 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.
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