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A contemporary Navajo silver narrow

bangle-style bracelet by Jennifer Curtis

The old saying “Like Father, Like Daughter” certainly applies here in spades. Jennifer Curtis is a seriously

talented chip off the old block, which was her brilliant silversmith father, the late Thomas Curtis, Sr. (1942-2013). Thomas Curtis Sr. taught and mentored the young Jennifer in all aspects of traditional Navajo silversmithing beginning at around age eight and you can see the marvelous similarities in the work of these two artists; use of heavy solid silver, intricate precise and finely applied stamp and chisel work and a unique and compelling traditionally-based design sensibility with a distinctively modern twist.

This thin and extremely elegant bangle-style bracelet is a fine example of Jennifer Curtis’ work. Very precisely

applied geometric stamp work decoration nicely accentuated at both sides by beautiful chiseling around an attractively hand-fashioned highly-polished silver shank. It’s a contemporary modern treatment of one of the

most traditional themes in classic Navajo silver work; the narrow bangle bracelet of which many Navajo would

wear several stacked upon each other in a row.

“The awards are great honors, but the most important accomplishment is meeting

the standards of my family … I want my work to be as good as a handshake.”

-Jennifer Curtis

Quotation source: Garlands

The bracelet measures 3/16” in width all the way around. The inner circumference end-to-end is 5 5/8” and the gap between the terminals is 1 3/16” for a total interior circumference of 6 13/16”. The silver shank is an impressive 3/16” in thickness all the way around. The bracelet weighs a substantial for its slim width 25 grams or 7/8 ounce and is extremely comfortable on the wrist. It is in like new original condition and is signed on the interior with Jennifer Curtis’ customary cursive script hallmark of her first name “Jennifer” and it is also marked “Sterling”.

This is an extremely attractive, precious-looking and completely wearable piece by one of the finest

Navajo jewelry artists working today; a piece anyone should be proud to own. 

Price $295

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Jennifer Curtis in her studio.

Photo source and © Evan Sanders, Four Winds Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA