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An exquisitely-crafted Navajo silver and

turquoise narrow cuff bracelet by Perry Shorty



There are some very good reasons why Perry Shorty’s jewelry sells out almost immediately each year at Santa Fe Indian Market, The Heard Museum Fair and any other place he chooses to exhibit it and you are looking right at it here; the extraordinary old-style craftsmanship, the classic quality of design and the always meticulous attention to each and every detail.


Perry is a craftsman of the old and completely traditional school, hand-making absolutely everything without the use of modern high-tech tools and methods. Everything he does could have been done and looks like it was done in the late19th Century as opposed to a century later.


This beautiful bracelet is a perfect example, starting with the precisely hand-drawn carinated triple-wire silver shank. Every inch of the three triangularly-shaped narrow silver bars which form the shank is most beautifully and profusely decorated with precise stamp work designs all the way along their entire lengths and then all along their entire top and bottom surfaces as well.

In the center of the bracelet’s shank Perry placed a beautifully-chiseled and filed “butterfly” shaped silver medallion set with a perfectly chosen and oval-shaped piece of beautiful, high-grade clear blue Nevada turquoise from what appears to be the famous Blue Gem mine. The stone is further accentuated at each of the four corners by a precisely applied round silver “raindrop”.


The bracelet measures 1/2” in continuous width all the way around. The inner circumference end-to-end

is 5 1/2” and the gap between the terminals is 13/16” for a total interior circumference of 6 5/16”.

The bracelet weighs an extremely comfortable and easy to wear 36 grams or 1 1/4 ounces. The bracelet

is in excellent original condition and it is properly signed “P.Shorty” in Perry Shorty’s customary cursive signature on the interior.


This is the kind of splendid and superbly-crafted Perry Shorty piece that many people have stood in line for long hot hours to purchase at Indian Market. You don’t have to do that here.



SOLD

Perry Shorty making jewelry, 1999. Photo source and © Martha H. Struever