DESCRIPTION: A classic Zuni double-banded silver cuff bracelet featuring clusters of beautifully matched sky blue turquoise cabochons. These are mounted in a "sunface" design, consisting of two circular rows around a "God's eye" stone in the center. Two additional stone and silver clusters form wings on each side. This beautiful, dainty cuff is perfect for a petite woman who might find other Native American bracelets too “chunky.” Hallmark “STERLING” stamped on the reverse. Excellent condition. DIMENSIONS: Total cuff diameter is 2.5”. Center medallion is 1 3/8” diameter; 1" wrist opening. Total weight is 25 grams.
The Zuni pueblo tribe of western New Mexico have created jewelry for more than a thousand years, but their silver work was originally taught to them by a Navajo silversmith in the mid 1800's. The Zuni eventually became known for their cluster work designs in both petit point and needlepoint techniques. This particular cuff is a petit point design, meaning the primary stones surrounding the center circle have one rounded end and one pointed end, rather than two points.