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Marvelous BENALLY BROTHERS SS Inlay Cuff 1970's
This beautifully designed and executed silver cuff bracelet was made by the Benally Brothers, Ernest and Chester, in the 1970's when they worked together and utilized their unique signature, shown in photos. In later years, they both continued to work separately, creating artful designs, often with complex inlaid designs. Of particularly large size, it measures 5 1/8" on the inside, has an opening of 1 5/8", measures 7 1/8" around the outside, and is 1 3/4" wide at the highest point. Over the asymmetrical textured and stamped cuff, a flat inlaid section supports a silver section of the same shape as the inlaid area, and holds silver beads, gold plated leaves, and a curved rod that arcs over the entire inlay area, ending in a deep turquoise stone set with a notched bezel. The inlay includes ivory, coral, turquoise, lapis, and black stone. On the opposite side, the inlaid section is supported by a U shaped bracket that surrounds another turquoise stone of the same deep color with dark matrix. Fresh from a collection of Mexican and Navajo jewerly all collected prior to the 1980's, this bracelet is a tour de force of design, a unique, creative, and irresistible piece of jewelry.


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