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Wide Cuff Bracelet with Boulder Opal Stone

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Brett Bastien
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Anglo-Euro (non-Native) American
  • Medium: Sterling Silver, Boulder Opal
  • Size:
    5” end-to-end x 1-¼” opening
    tapered to 5-½” end-to-end x 1-½” opening;
    3-½” length
  • Item # C4155L
  • Price: $2,250.00

Brett Bastien is a contemporary jeweler who lives and works in Santa Fe. One of the few Anglo artisans to study jewelry at The Institute of American Indian Arts, Brett studied under Otellie Loloma and Duane Maktima. His work is distinguished by the use of fine stampwork and expert craftsmanship that make bold statements.

For 500 million years of its geological history central Australia was covered by an inland sea. On the shores of this inland sea, silica-laden sediment was deposited.  Imagine the beaches of the present day. About 30 million years ago, as the earth’s crust shifted, the silica sediment filled cracks in the layers of rock and clay. Some of this sediment, with the forces of time, heat and pressure became precious opals. It takes millions of years for opal to form.

This unique cuff was commissioned by the husband of the current owner who had Bastien make it for a special occasion. It is indeed a magnificent piece. The focal point of the cuff is the boulder opal. Found only in Queensland, Australian boulder opals are characterized by a combination of browns, golds, tans and narrow bands of blue and green that swirl around one another. The boulder opal is nature’s own abstract miracle masterpiece.

Bastien set this remarkable stone in an elegant straight edged bezel which he attached to a wide silver band stamped with small circles creating a coarse texture that compliments the smooth, fluid texture of the boulder opal. On either side of the stamped area are ¾” bands of smooth, highly polished silver. The cuff gently tapers to fit the shape of the wrist.

Looking at this spectacular cuff, it is quite apparent that Bastien studied with masters of southwestern jewelry. He took the lessons of jewelry artist greats Duane Maktima and Otellie Loloma and translated them into his own unique style, creating a one-of-a-kind treasure of personal adornment. The cuff is hallmarked on the inside with Bastien’s hallmark and .925.


Condition: The Wide Cuff with Boulder Opal is in excellent condition.

Provenance: Commissioned by a gentleman from New York as a special occasion gift for his wife, from whose estate it is now available.

Recommended Reading: Contemporary Southwest Jewelry by Diana Pardue


Brett Bastien
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Anglo-Euro (non-Native) American
  • Medium: Sterling Silver, Boulder Opal
  • Size:
    5” end-to-end x 1-¼” opening
    tapered to 5-½” end-to-end x 1-½” opening;
    3-½” length
  • Item # C4155L
  • Price: $2,250.00

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