Here we have a lovely and dainty vintage channel inlay turquoise and sterling silver bracelet, signed RVB, which I have seen attributed to Navajo Virgian Booenu. The small eye-shaped design at the center is made by laying turquoise into sections separated by thin borders of sterling silver in a process called "channel inlay." Channel inlay is complex--the artist cuts the stones precisely to fit the shapes created by the silver outline. This is a dainty bracelet, likely from the 1970s, when young hippie girls wore small pieces like this and when channel inlay was particularly popular.
The bracelet measures just about 5" end to end on the inside, with about a 1-1/8" gap--so 6-1/8" total, which is perfect for a smaller wrist. The eye-shaped design measures just under 1/2" wide at the widest point by 5/8" long and the bezel stands 3/16" high off of the double shank. A word about this shank: it is narrow and easily pressed to close, but I don't recommend trying to open or close it unless done professionally with a tool for doing so, as it can easily be bend out of shape. Right now, while it is not perfectly symmetrical, it is in great vintage condition given its age.
Lovely bohemian look from the past, perfect for today!
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