Navajo Multistone Channel Inlay Bracelet [SOLD]

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Turquoise, Shell, Jet, Coral, Sterling Silver
  • Size: 5” end to end;
    1-¼” opening; ⅞” wide
    Wrist Size: approximately 6-¼
  • Item # C4299
  • SOLD

Carefully cut and shaped segments of turquoise, jet, coral and shell are precisely set in geometric silver channels in this late 20th century Navajo silver bracelet. The unknown artist creatively arranged multiple pieces of sky blue turquoise between lines of black jet, pink shell and deep red coral to form an elegant symmetrical pattern. This has been set on a wide band of sterling silver and framed on the edge with twisted wire. 

The bracelet is stamped “IHMSS” which stands for Indian Handmade Sterling Silver. The bracelet is stamped IHMSS which stands for Indian Handmade Sterling Silver. The artist is unknown, but obviously quite skilled. The technique used to fashion channel inlay is difficult— it requires the artisan to cut the stones meticulously to not only fit into the channels, but to curve to the shape of the wrist.  


Condition: The Navajo Multistone Channel Inlay Bracelet is in excellent condition. All of the gemstones are intact and set securely in the silver channels. 

Provenance: From an Albuquerque collector

Recommended Reading:  Navajo Jewelry: A Legacy of Silver and Stone by Lois Essary Jacka

Relative Links: BraceletNavajo , Southwest Indian Jewelry


HOW TO MEASURE YOUR WRIST FOR BRACELET SIZE

Measure your wrist with a flexible tape measurement or a strip of paper just below the wrist bone, where you would normally wear the bracelet.

Option: If you are using a plain strip of paper, mark your size with a pen or pencil then use a ruler to measure the length. That would be your wrist size.

Tip: Do you want a snug or loose fit? Well, that really will vary between everyone. If you are buying a delicate bracelet, we suggest doing a snug fit. Most other bracelets should have a comfort fit except when buying large or thick cuffs or bangles. It's best to buy large bracelets with a loose fit so you don't feel like you are suffocating your wrist, or it will be worn over clothing.

 

Fitting Style Add inch(es) to wrist size
Snug Fit Add 1/4" to 1/2"
Comfort Fit Add 3/4" to 1"
Loose Fit Add 1 1/4"

Alternate Side View of this Navajo Bracelet.
Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Turquoise, Shell, Jet, Coral, Sterling Silver
  • Size: 5” end to end;
    1-¼” opening; ⅞” wide
    Wrist Size: approximately 6-¼
  • Item # C4299
  • SOLD

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