Harry H. Begay Royston Turquoise Ingot Bracelet
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Award winning Navajo artist Harry H. Begay is famous as one of the great early pioneers in the revival of the ancient ingot silver smithing technique. The earliest Native American jewelry was created completely from scratch using whatever silver the artist had access to. Even halters from their horses were put to use in this labor intensive technique. This is Harry’s famous ingot sterling silver bracelet. The bracelet shank is created from melting casting grain sterling silver into a ingot and is rolled and pounded into shape. The technique requires multiple annealings and if the artist is off the smallest amount the silver becomes brittle, breaks and the process has to be started all over again. Large droplets and buttons are created separately and are deeply stamped prior to being overlaid on the shank. In the center he has deeply incised and filed a fluted design. Atop a bright classic gem grade natural Royston turquoise is set in a hand chiseled bezel finishing the piece to perfection.
Inner Circumference of Bracelet: 5-3/4 in. Bracelet Gap Size: 1-3/8 in. Bracelet Width From Center: 1-1/2 in. (and tapers down to: 9/16 in.) Stone Size: 7/8 in. x 5/8 in. Full Inner Circumference of Bracelet Gap Size Included: 7-1/8 in. (Can be slightly adjusted prior to shipment upon request)
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