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An extremely fine contemporary Navajo tufa-cast

silver and Pilot Mountain, Nevada spiderweb turquoise

cuff bracelet by Aaron Anderson

Aaron Anderson does it again here in spades. This young, third-generation Gallup, New Mexico-based Navajo silversmith is on a serious roll these days raising his already high bar and making better and better jewelry all the time. Aaron is a genuine master of the treacherous art of tufa-casting, one of the most difficult and painstaking of all traditional Navajo silversmithing techniques to work in, but one of the most rewarding if you can get it right. And the proof is always in the pudding; look closely at the complex, yet graceful curves and contours, the ideal combination of strength and delicacy exhibited in this bracelet. And then to top it all off, there’s the eye-dazzling turquoise stone which Anderson selected and shaped for the bracelet, a wonderful, large hunk of fine, high-grade Pilot Mountain, Nevada spiderweb turquoise, perfectly square-cut and beautifully platform set with a lovely and brightly-polished silver border surround.

The bracelet measures 1” in width at the widest point and it tapers down to slightly over 1/2” in width at the terminals. The inner circumference end-to-end is 5 1/2” and the gap between the terminals is 1” for a total interior circumference of 6 1/2". The bracelet weighs a substantial, yet very comfortable 96 grams or 3 3/8 ounces. It is properly signed “AaronA” (twice) on the interior and is in pristine original condition.

This is a truly stunning and very wearable piece from an extremely talented artist on a high trajectory to increasingly greater fame and increasingly higher prices. We have seen this movie only a couple of times before; Kenneth Begay, Charles Loloma, McKee Platero, Michael Kabotie, Perry Shorty etc.

Price $1,650

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