This striking cuff bracelet created by master silversmith Ernest Rangel (Navajo) showcases the beauty of natural blue turquoise and the fine art of tufa casting. This weighty and solid sterling silver bracelet features 64 diamond-shaped Sleeping Beauty turquoise gems bezel set in rows of four alongside silver bead accents. A unique work of wearable art, this distinctive bracelet can be worn and enjoyed by both men and women.
- Cuff bracelet handcrafted by Ernest Rangel (Navajo)
- Sterling silver
- 64 bezel-set cabochons of natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise mined in Arizona
- Tufa-cast base with bead and bezel details added by hand
- Bracelet measures 1-3/8” wide with a 5” inside circumference and a 1-3/8” opening
- Fits a small to average wrist
- Due to its heavy gauge, this cuff is not adjustable
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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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
This beautiful, wearable piece of art showcases the premier art of tufa casting and the beauty of natural Sleeping Beauty turquoise. Mined in Globe, Arizona, Sleeping Beauty turquoise is one of the most prized and collected types of turquoise in the word, renowned for its stunning color and high quality. Its color evokes the clear blue skies of the Southwest—a robin’s egg blue with little to no matrix. Favored by artists and jewelry makers around the world, this type of turquoise represents the height of natural gemstone beauty and of all types of turquoise it is most associated with fashion, sophistication and couture jewelry design.
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.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
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