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Inlaid Sugilite Heishi Cuff


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Natural sugilite, a rich purple as luxurious as a royal robe, in a row of hand-cut, half-round stones that form a kind of palisade effect. Another wonderful piece from this modest but remarkably creative artist, who passed away recently, to the regret of all who knew him and his work. Riffing on his pueblo’s tradition of heishi- shell or stone cut into small beads – as well as the tradition of corn-kernel jewelry designs, the artist carried the old up through the present, to the future. The use of a “modern” stone – gorgeously majestic and rare sugilite – in a dramatically simple design, results in a bold contemporary statement; a beautiful interpretation of tradition that is timeless. Four slivers of brilliant white mother of pearl contrast luminous translucence with the depth of the sugilite. An added embellishment is the sweeping lines of copper that are laminated into the silver. This “marriage of metals” is an ancient technique that goes back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Damascene metal, as it has been known, historically, was used first in the Middle East and in Japan for the finest and most costly weapons and armor, in centuries past. The ruddy hue of the copper adds a complementary warmth to both silver and sugilite, so all the materials bring out the best in each. Glamorous, yet understated, this bracelet will dazzle on its own, matching your mood of the moment: casual, tailored or slinky. Fit for royalty; fabricated for you, in today’s world.

Sterling Silver, Copper; Natural Sugilite and Mother of Pearl

Total Size: 6 1/2″ Cuff Size: 5 1/4″ Gap Size: 1 1/4″ Width: 1 1/8″