Sidney Sahnea “Vine of Life” Overlay Cuff Bracelet

Item No: 3530

$ 240.00

  • This highly detailed sterling silver cuff bracelet is a remarkable example of the silver overlay technique developed by Hopi silversmiths. In this classic piece handcrafted by Hopi artist Sidney Sahnea, an elegant cutout design depicts the vine of life, honoring nature’s many gifts. The polished top layer of sterling silver contrasts beautifully with the oxidized silver beneath, adding depth and dimension. Versatile and lasting, this masterful cuff bracelet honors the traditions and culture of the Hopi people.

    • Cuff bracelet handcrafted by Sidney Sahnea (Hopi Pueblo)
    • Sterling silver
    • Overlay
    • Bracelet measures 3/8” wide with a 5-1/2” inside circumference and 1” opening
    • Fits an average wrist
    • 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.

  • This Hopi overlay bracelet was handcrafted in sterling silver by skilled Sidney Sahnea. Known around the world for their brilliance as silversmiths, Native American artists of the Southwest make jewelry that is collected and admired for it superior craftsmanship, technical sophistication, detail and beauty. Navajo and Zuni artists were the first to learn the art and develop their own distinctive silver jewelry styles, but today there are talented artists working in an impressive range of styles from every Pueblo and tribe of the Southwest.
  • 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.
  • In the decades just before and after World War II, Hopi silversmiths developed their own sophisticated jewelry technique called overlay, which involves soldering together two pieces of metal. The artist begins by tracing a design onto a sheet of silver then saws out the design by hand, a difficult process requiring a high level of skill. The top piece is soldered to another layer of silver, and the bottom layer is oxidized to create a beautiful contrast with the highly polished top layer. Designs and patterns often incorporate traditional symbols, including sun, water, cornstalks, bear claws and the kokopelli. The overlay technique creates highly dimensional and detailed jewelry that demonstrates the remarkable craftsmanship of Hopi and Native American silversmiths.

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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. 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.
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