Navajo Ronald Tom Sterling Silver Coral Wide Bangle with Cross Design, Over the Hand Style, 120g


This bangle bracelet is one of the most stunning pieces I've ever have the honor of selling. The piece is heavy and well-made--the kind of quality that one associates with "heirloom" jewelry. The bracelet was made by Navajo silversmith Ronald Tom for Sunwest Silver, a turquoise mine and jewelry-making company based in my hometown of Albuquerque. Sunwest Silver has for decades collaborated with award-winning Navajo and Zuni jewelry makers to produce top-of-the-line Native American jewelry. The bangle goes all the way around in a circle, and like most bangles is large enough to push over the hand yet not so large as to fall off but rather rests on the bones of the hand when the arm is down. In a stack, this bangle would be most comfortable--at least on my arm and several other women on whom I tested--sitting in place, with cuffs in front of, behind, or both. The design on the bangle is simple yet striking. Large and small crosses with equal sized arms--a design for which Tom is known--alternate in a pattern dotted with round bezels of smooth coral. There is something balanced and soothing about the design, and in fact, the equal-arm cross is sometimes called the balanced cross. You see this cross in Navajo rugs, also, and at least for me, the combination of the colors--oxidized silver that is dark in the background, contrasted with light silver of the raised crosses, punctuated with vibrant round red--reminds one of a Navajo rug. The bracelet is new old stock, meaning it was made for Sunwest Silver, then purchased by a shop that closed and never worn. It is in excellent condition.

The 120g bracelet measures 1-1/2" when you're looking down at it on your wrist. In terms of sizing for fit, there are two important measurements: a) the width of your hand when squeezed together as in Photo 4, and b) the circumference of your wrist. To fit over the hand, the bracelet measures about 2-1/2" across the opening, so when your hand is squeezed together, it should not be any larger than about 2-1/2" across. The hand is fleshy, so the skin will give as you push it through the bangle, but if your bones are larger than this width, you will not be able to get the bangle on. The interior circumference of the bracelet is 8", which may seem large for a small wrist. But in fact, the bangle fits just right for my Size 6 wrist, and my best guess is that it would be ideal for someone with a wrist no larger than about a 6-1/2, possibly a 6-3/4". A bigger wrist may start to feel suffocated given the width of the bangle. A Size 8 bangle is generally considered to be within the range of a Size Small bangle (8-1/4 is considered a Medium Size bangle). If you have questions about size, feel free to contact me and we can walk through the measurements.

Everything combined--the weight, the balanced design, and the unique form--creates a remarkable bracelet that will be cherished for decades to come.


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