Traditional Tufa Cast Bracelet with Natural Kingman Turquoise
Traditional Tufa Cast Bracelet with Natural Kingman Turquoise
Traditional Tufa Cast Bracelet with Natural Kingman Turquoise
Traditional Tufa Cast Bracelet with Natural Kingman Turquoise

Traditional Tufa Cast Bracelet with Natural Kingman Turquoise

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This gorgeous bracelet was made by Harrison Bitsue.  Harrison comes from a family of Navajo jewelers that extends back several generations, his talent comes naturally.  He used the tufa cast technique to make the bracelet - more about tufa cast below.  We especially appreciate the spirals on each side.  The natural Kingman turquoise stone is bright blue and is a striking centerpiece.  This bracelet is bound to become an heirloom!

Size: 5.125" with 1" Opening.  Center is 1.625" H x 1.125" W

Tufa Jewelry: Tufa is a volcanic stone which can be as dense as chalk which has an organic texture. The first thing a jeweler does is examine a piece of tufa for any tiny fractures.  If it looks good, the tufa is cut in half and, if there is a design, it is carved into the tufa.   There is a pour hole carved into the top and several narrow vents carved into each side.  The two pieces are then bound together tightly and molten silver or gold is poured through the hole at the top.  If there are any microscopic cracks, the tufa explodes when the metal is poured in and the process has to begin again.