There are many qualities that drew me to this large Navajo cuff, not least of which is the color of turquoise, a hue resembling a robin's egg, and yes there is a type of turquoise called Robins Egg but not exactly like this, speckled with matrix. Here we have, in fact, Easter Blue Turquoise from Nevada, a mine that produced very small quantities, in the same area as Royston turquoise--and like the stones from this region, with a gorgeous range of color and significant splotches of matrix.
I also loved the unusual design with two large cabochons, set off with thick flat twist rope and silver leaves forming a shadowbox effect. The piece was made in the 1970s by Navajo artist Douglas Harrison. This was the heyday of truly large chunky statement cuffs and squash blossoms.
The cuff itself is not made for a thick wrist, as it measures only 5-1/2" around using a tape measure on the inner side, with a 1-1/4" gap--in fact, it's perfect for a small-to-medium size wrist. Yet the face of the bracelet is huge--to get a sense of the size relative to other bracelets in my shop see how in the cover photo it seems monstrous as compared to "normal" cuffs. The two turquoise features extend beyond the dimensions of the cuff, and so when worn the bracelet face measures 4" from end to end by 1-5/8". The underside has some scratching and forging from the artist's work, and the shape of the cuff is not perfectly symmetrical, which is natural for a piece that is about four decades old. But the face of the piece is beautiful, and while the turquoise has some hairline cracking, both cabochons are solidly seated.
Truly a bold piece, a statement piece, and an increasingly rare piece--by a known and collectible Navajo artist!
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