This vintage Navajo Emerson Bill all-sterling silver cuff bracelet is heavy and bold. It is not wide but the weight is visible in the thick silver overlay pattern, making the profile chunky and solid. The piece was made by Emerson Bill, who is married to Nora Tahe and together with daughter Elvira Bill, they represent one of the most collectible and recognizable families in Navajo silverwork. From a gallery website representing Emerson Bill, it's clear he has a technique all his own: "His bracelets are done in overlay technique; a base layer of sheet silver with an overlaid layer from which the design is cut and then soldered to the base layer. Where his technique differs is in his manner of creating the overlaid layer. In Hopi overlay jewelry the design is cut away from the top layer of sheet silver with a jeweler's jigsaw. In Emerson's technique the top layer's design is sculpted with a cold chisel. This allows him to get beveled edges and cut out angles that couldn't be achieved with a saw. At first glance his work appears to be very deep stamp work, but stamps won't cut that deep. The visual effect he seeks is characterized by dramatic relief and bold designs. As a result, his cuffs are extremely thick and absolutely indestructible." Although this bracelet has no stones, the heavy gauge silver makes it about as sturdy as they come. There are scratches in the silver from wear, which adds to the authenticity of the piece. This came to me from the estate of a man who had an amazing collection of bracelets. He purchased this from the Wheelright Museum in Santa Fe.
The bracelet measures about 5/8" wide. Measuring end to end with a soft tape measure on the inside, it is about 5-3/4" long with a 1-1/8" gap, for a total interior length of about 6-7/8". Weighs 88g. Carries a STERLING stamp and the Emerson hallmark.
Stack it with other row bracelets or wear it alone--either way is perfect.
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