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A unique set of three contemporary Navajo or Pueblo bangle bracelets done in silver, copper and brass

This is a very beautifully made trio of contemporary Navajo or Pueblo bangle bracelets made in the three primary metals which were historically used to make jewelry in the Southwest. Copper and brass were used mainly in the last decades of the 19th Century by Navajo and Pueblo metalsmiths because they were cheaper to obtain than silver and could be salvaged from telegraph wire, tea kettles or other pots and pans. As the use of silver for making jewelry became more widespread and the demand for it increased, the use of copper and brass was largely abandoned. In the 1960’s through today, a few Pueblo and Navajo silversmiths began working again in copper and/or brass. Some of the most notable of these were famed Cochiti silversmith, Joe Quintana and his son, Cippy Crazy Horse, Santo Domingo silversmiths Leo Coriz and Vidal Aragon, Laguna Pueblo silversmith, Greg Lewis and Navajo silversmiths Jack Adakai and his nephew, the renowned McKee Platero.

This fine set of bangle bracelets was made by an unknown, Navajo or Pueblo silversmith with the initials “VT”. While we do not know of this artist, we can plainly see that he or she is an extremely talented silversmith with a fine sense of tradition, as evidenced by their use of these old-style materials and their traditional hand craftsmanship, especially the beautifully-rendered, traditional stamp work designs on the bracelets. Making a matched “set” of bangles with the same width and size but giving each its own distinctive decorative design is a very nice creative twist and the contrast in color between the different metals and the contrast in designs between the different bracelets all makes for a very striking and distinctive presentation when they are worn together which seems to us to be the clear intention here although they can certainly be worn separately, if desired.

The bangles are very closely matched in size and weight. They each measure 3/8” in width all the way around. Their inner circumference end-to-end is 5 3/4” and the gap between their terminals is 1” for an overall interior circumference of 6 3/4”. Together, the three bracelets weigh a very comfortable 64 grams or 2 1/4 ounces and they are very easy to wear either separately or together. The copper bracelet alone weighs 25 grams or 7/8 ounce, the silver bracelet alone weighs 19 grams or 5/8 ounce and the brass bracelet alone weighs 20 grams or 3/4 ounce. All three bracelets are signed “VT” on the interior and the copper bracelet is also stamped “COPPER”. They are all in excellent original condition.

This is a wonderful and easy to wear set of elegant bangle bracelets, modern day expressions

rooted in a fascinating historic tradition.

Price $575 for the set, available as a set only

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