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A contemporary, “old-style” cast ingot-silver cuff

bracelet by Greg Lewis, Laguna Pueblo, NM, 2016

The talented third-generation Laguna Pueblo silversmith, Greg Lewis, is a traditional Native silversmith in the great

old style whose work exhibits a level of quality and craftsmanship you will seldom find on most modern-day pieces.

He learned his craft from his Grandfather, renowned Acoma Pueblo silversmith, Alvin Concho Lewis, and he makes his silver in exactly the same way it was done at the turn of the last century using coin-silver, cast ingots, handmade tools, handmade stamps and restrained and classic designs. If you didn’t know better, you would swear that many of Greg’s pieces were made over 100 years ago. It’s so completely “old-style” that it’s really difficult to believe it isn't really old. Some of the finest of all historic Southwest Native American silver work came from the hands of Pueblo silversmiths like Greg’s Grandfather and with Greg’s exceptional work and that of his talented son, Dyaami Lewis, that still holds true.

This wonderful bracelet is a fine example, with a substantial cast-ingot coin-silver shank decorated with four small precisely repousseed diamond-shaped bump-outs and some elaborate, yet very restrained, stamp work designs all surrounding the single large centrally-placed blue-green turquoise stone. There are also two tiny little stamped hearts, one near each terminal. The level of detailing and hand craftsmanship lavished upon this piece is remarkable; it’s almost as if the piece was hand-carved from a block of silver. Interestingly, Greg chose to let some of his tooling and fashioning marks remain on the surface of the finished piece as opposed to buffing and polishing them all out which gives the bracelet a rustic and authentic hand-hewn character.

This is a very good-sized bracelet made for a good-sized wrist. The bracelet measures just under 1 1/2” in width all the way around and the silver is 1/8” in thickness. The inner circumference end-to-end is 5 7/8" and the gap between the terminals is 1 5/8” for a total interior circumference of 7 1/2". The bracelet weighs a very substantial 101 grams or

3 1/2 ounces, yet it sits very well and is extremely comfortable on the wrist. The bracelet is in like-new original condition and it is properly signed with Greg Lewis’ customary arrowhead hallmark on the interior.

This exceptional bracelet was made in 2016, but it looks and feels like 1916. It is a modern, yet completely classic piece.

Price $825

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