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A large-scale, vintage Navajo tufa-cast silver cuff bracelet with a single turquoise stone, circa 1940’s-1950’s


This bracelet is a really impressive example of the very difficult and painstaking technique of tufa-casting. The cast is complex with a very pleasing design layout and shows the ideal combination of strength and a certain delicacy that is the mark of fine tufa casting. The bracelet is nicely accentuated with some elegant and restrained chisel and file work and is completed by the addition of a beautiful square-shaped sky blue turquoise stone with a medium brown matrix possibly from the famed Cerrillos Mine just south of Santa Fe. The stone is set in a very finely-serrated silver bezel.

The bracelet measures 1 7/8” in maximum width. The inner circumference end-to-end is 5 1/2” and the gap between terminals is 1 3/16” for a total interior circumference of 6 11/16”. The bracelet weighs a nice 80 grams or 2 7/8 ounces and is in excellent original condition. A very accomplished and striking piece of silverwork, this is also an extremely satisfying bracelet to wear with a smooth and nice feel on the wrist.


Price $775


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