Purple Spiny Oyster Shell Bracelet
The Lee brothers collaborate on their superbly crafted jewelry, with Albert signing the pieces.
This classic bracelet showcases the exquisite workmanship, exceptionally heavy silver, fine stones and design they are known for.
Heavy gauge silver, beautifully formed, sets off the superlative, large purple spiny oyster shell rectangles.
Beautifully matched in color, size and depth, the majestically deep purple is the most sought-after color and quality of the shell known as wampum, prized as chiefs’ treasure, in the past.
This rich hue, and all-over depth of color, is the rare, highest quality of this material.
Heavy, hand twisted ropes of silver surround each stone’s setting, and add textural interest.
There are larger, half-round domes of sterling silver between the settings, at at each end of the bracelet.
The base of the bracelet is the classic three-bands, but of a very sturdy heft.
The artists have kept to a traditional Navajo design, of a knockout-stone bracelet, but have given it an elegant, contemporary kick.
With refined, heavy-gauge silver work, and an unusually magnificent shell, this bracelet keeps to tradition, but has a bold new look.