Wide Cuff Bracelet with Boulder Opal Stone by Brett Bastien

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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
    Wrist size: 6-1/4" tapered up to 7"
  • 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 Brett 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 Bracelet with Boulder Opal Stone by Brett Bastien 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

Relative Links: Southwest Indian Jewelry, Anglo-Euro (Non-Native) American, BraceletsBrett BastienOtellie Loloma


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"
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
    Wrist size: 6-1/4" tapered up to 7"
  • Item # C4155L
  • Price: $2,250.00

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