Love birds? This sterling silver inlaid bracelet by Sammy and Esther Guardian is gorgeous! In the center is an inlaid red coral and jet red cardinal. The feathers on the cardinal have delicate etchings. There are inlaid turquoise and red coral flowers, some with mother of pearl centers. There are inlaid malachite stems and flowers, along with four sets of inlaid turquoise mountains, and delicate stamp-work around the edges. In some Native American tribes, cardinals are holy birds that bring and send messages.
It is signed "S & E Guardian" on the inside. This bracelet cannot be bent.
Size: 6" L x 1" W, with a 1.125" opening
Sammy and Esther Guardian are award-winning, married jewelers from Zuni Pueblo. They have been making jewelry since 1960s, and are well known for their picturesque inlay, especially their birds. They make earrings, bracelets, pendants, bolo ties, pins, using natural stones and shell. Their work can be seen in many books on Native American jewelry.
This type of Zuni inlay is made by sawing out two pieces of flat silver into the desired shape. The area where the stones are inlaid is sawed out by hand (yes, really!). The two pieces of silver are then soldered together. The stones are then cut and shaped to exactly fit into the areas that have been sawed out to create the design. This type of jewelry making is difficult and involved, which is why we don't see too many jewelers making it anymore.
Award-winning Creek, Navajo and Hopi jeweler, David Tune made this stunning inlay bracelet with natural red and orange coral, fossilized walrus ivory, natural domestic turquoise, spiny oyster shell, gaspeite, and sugilite. The setting for stones in the bezel on top has a cut out design on each side, as do both sides of the bracelet. David made it with thick sterling silver to last generations!
Navajo jeweler, Tom Lewis, made this gorgeous cuff bracelet with a high grade Sleeping Beauty turquoise stone in the center. It is shaped to comfortably fit the wrist with the seventeen sterling silver balls toward the hand. The turquoise is framed with two silver eagle feathers and a line of silver which is scrolled on each side of the feathers. There are two more feathers on each side toward the opening. The background is oxidized silver to turn it black and highly the feathers and scrolls. The top of the bracelets has twisted wire all the way back on each side. It is truly a spectacular bracelet! Price reduced from $330 to $290.
This bracelet is like wearing a turquoise party on your wrist! The large bold turquoise stone in the center is 1.375" high by 1" wide. There are five repousse fluted pieces on each side. On each side after the fluted pieces sit three tear drop shaped turquoise stones which are nestled next to two hand stamped sunrises. The top and bottom are twisted wire with a triangular shaped wire in between. Price reduced from $450 to $390.
This very traditional sterling silver Navajo bracelet has five bright blue Sleeping Beauty turquoise stones that were, at one time, nuggets. Each stone is approximately .75" in diameter. It is made with heavier gage silver and has a two silver dots with a hand stamped sun on each side, and a twister silver wire that runs the length of the bracelet. An "N" is stamped on the back of the bracelet.
This Navajo handmade bracelet has a very bright blue turquoise in the center. The shadow box setting has a simple engraved design. The separated silver wire has silver dot where the two wires are joined together. It is a smaller size.
Danielle Benally created this bracelet to set off the beautiful, large purple spiny oyster shell. The setting around the the stone rolled wire and a cut-out with flattened circles of silver. The band is braided silver wire.
Size: 7" in length with 1.5" opening
The wearer of this bracelet will also have a bit of the ocean on their wrist as a reminder that water is life!
This fine bracelet by Navajo jeweler Darlene Begay has five bright blue turquoise stones. The detailed etching of the feather is impeccable. The quill has a silver cord wrapped around it which flows onto the feather.
This petit cuff bracelet by Michael Anthony Cheatham has inlaid Kingman Turquoise and a wedge of sugilite in a shadowbox setting. Michael's hallmark in on the back of the bracelet.
Size: 4.75" with a 1.25" opening
Michael Anthony Cheatham is an enrolled member of the Echota Cherokee of Alabama. He is an award-winning, self-taught jeweler who has a Gemologist Diploma from the Gemological Institute of America. We are happy to be the only online representative of his work and hope you enjoy the treasures he creates.