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An exceptionally beautiful vintage Navajo tufa-cast

silver and turquoise cuff bracelet, circa 1940’s-50’s



TUFA-CASTING is an extraordinarily difficult and demanding metalsmithing technique. In the hands of a master craftsman, the results can be glorious, as in the case of this lovely historic bracelet. The shape is complex and intricate, strong yet delicate, graceful and elegant. The surface of the silver beautifully shows the fine texture of the volcanic tufa stone that it was cast in. The silverwork is perfectly accentuated with a single asymmetrically-shaped, vivid blue turquoise stone, possibly from the famed Morenci turquoise mine in southern Arizona. The turquoise stone is set in an old-style “fold-over” type silver bezel mounted atop a silver bezel platform.


The bracelet measures 1 3/4” in width at its widest center point. The inner circumference end-to-end is

5” and the gap between the terminals is 1” for a total interior circumference of 6”. The bracelet weighs an extremely comfortable 52 grams or 1 7/8 ounces. It is in excellent-plus original condition.


Beauty. Grace. Elegance. Style. Artistry. History. All in one place in this one piece.



Price $1,350



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An example of a hand-carved tufa-casting mold and an

unfinished Navajo silver bracelet which was cast in it.