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A contemporary tufa-cast silver repousseed and stamped

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 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 silverwork came from the hands of Pueblo silversmiths like Greg’s Grandfather and with Greg’s exceptional work and that of his talented young son, Dyaami Lewis, that still holds true today.

This wonderful bracelet is a prime example, with a heavy, cast-ingot coin-silver shank decorated with  three elegant and extremely precise repousseed diamond-shaped panels accented with elaborate yet very restrained stamp work designs. The level of detailing and amount of meticulous hand craftsmanship lavished upon this piece is simply amazing. Note especially the marvelous and uniquely detailed hand-file work that Greg used to texture the surface of the bracelet’s shank.

The bracelet measures 1 1/4” in width all the way around. The inner circumference end-to-end is 5 7/8” and the gap between the terminals is 1 7/16” for a total interior circumference of 7 5/16”.  And Greg certainly didn’t skimp on the silver here; the bracelet weighs a very substantial 96 grams or 3 3/8 ounces yet it sits very well and is extremely comfortable on the wrist. The bracelet is in new original condition and it is properly signed with Greg Lewis’ customary arrowhead hallmark on the interior.

This exceptional Pueblo silver bracelet was made in 2016, but looks and feels like 1916. It is a modern day classic piece, encapsulating both the vast beauty and the untamed spirit of the old Southwest.

Price $1,150

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