Signed Navajo Virgil Begay Turquoise Cuff Bracelet, Native American Indian Jewelry


This turquoise cuff bracelet is made with a very pale green and incredibly stand-out turquoise from the Damele mines in central Nevada. The Damele mines are small and thus the turquoise is collectible. Damele is a hard turquoise with the high Zinc content that produces shades from yellow green to lime to forest green. This piece carries the hallmark of Navajo Virgil Begay, who according to one gallery biography I found, is recently deceased. Begay's works are stunning, many characterized by deep set stamp work in the silver, and oxidation that in this case contrasts beautifully with the pale turquoise. Many of Begays cuffs range between $600 and $1200, not only because of the artistry of the silver but also because he is known for working with high grade and often hard-to-find turquoise from American mines. And each piece, from those that I've seen, is a beautiful example of that particular mine. Just as the turquoise in this cuff has incredible color but also matrix along the edges. Definitely a piece of statement jewelry.

The bracelet measures just about 5-1/4" around using a tape measure on the inside, with a just over1-1/4" gap--which makes it a little over 6-1/2" around. Note that because of the way the bracelet is made, it actually fits quite large on my 6" wrist--and I estimate it would be ideal for a wrist that is at least 6-1/2" and possibly closer to 6-3/4" around. The bracelet is just under 1-1/2" wide at the widest point. The turquoise cab is 3/4" wide by 1-3/8" long. The silver is thick enough that you will not be able to nor want to squeeze tighter nor stretch wider. The sterling silver has a brushed finish with a deep oxidation. In good condition.

Gorgeous collectible piece!


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