Vintage Figural Sterling Silver Turquoise Cuff Bracelet Matching Ring by Dan Nieto, Jewelry Set

$1,760.00 $2,200.00

Not a lot is known about Native American silversmith Dan Nieto yet his jewelry tells us that he was master at incorporating figural imagery into one-of-a-kind contemporary designs. Just as this circa 1990s cuff bracelet and matching ring show, Dan Nieto often featured a beautiful indigenous person--presumably a woman--into his silverwork. My research indicates he was most likely Tewa or Santo Domingo--and indeed, "Nieto" is a surname for many Santo Domingo Pueblo jewelry makers--and Zuni. I've also seen jewelry of his for sale indicating it is Navajo, but the sources in which I have most confidence indicate Tewa/Zuni. There are no biographies that I can find, which surprises me given just how unique and high-quality his works are. This cuff bracelet is an excellent example of quality, from the selection of a gorgeous blue-green turquoise stone with pyrite inclusions, to the heavy traditional silverwork in the shank then rendered completely contemporary with those applique figures on each side. The ring repeats the design--it features turquoise from the same mine replete with pyrite inclusions, in a traditional setting, and then that bold female figure rises up from the bezel and frame to create a striking and unusual finished product. The ring and cuff came from the estate of a woman who owned a jewelry shop in Albuquerque's Old Town in the 1990s through early 2000s. The pieces were already vintage when she had them, and she continued to wear them as she had a small wrist size, and this was one of the few substantial cuffs that fit. Consequently, the silver does have some small scratches from wear and age. The back of each piece carries the artist's hallmark along with a sterling stamp.

Measurements and weight for each are:

- Ring: Size 6.75, ring face measures about 3/4" wide by about 2-1/2" tall. Weighs 26g.

- Cuff: Measures about 1-3/4" from top to bottom of the stone's setting and closer to 1-3/8" top to bottom across the silver shank, and taking a soft tape measure around the interior, it is about 5-1/8" long plus a 1" gap, for a total length of 6-1/8". Cuff weighs a substantial 103g.


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