This one-of-a-kind leather cuff bracelet from our Sky Stone Collection was created using a repurposed, old Navajo pawn item that serves as its centerpiece. The old pawn piece was originally a large sterling silver bolo crafted by a Native American artist and was most likely created in the' 1960's or 1970's. The piece is signed "JC" which I believe to be the hallmark for Jessie Claw, a Navajo silversmith. A magnificent, oval green stone sits in the center of a large, ornate rectangular medallion. The stone is an amazing, dark moss green with some black fleck. I am uncertain as to what type of stone it is, but it is stunning! Decorative swirls and small Navajo "raindrops" surround the bezeled stone with large Navajo "pearls" at each corner. The dark brown leather has been recycled from an old belt and is weathered and worn adding to the vintage character of this unusual leather cuff bracelet. The thick leather shows faint remnants of a tooled floral pattern and has a button stud closure and will fit a wrist that measures in the 6 1/2" range. I have fallen in love with this piece, and it is my new favorite in our studio right now! It is a rare, heirloom treasure!
Leather Type: Vintage belt leather
Original Repurposed Item: Old pawn bolo - circa mid-late 1900's
Metal & Gemstone: Sterling silver and dark green stone
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
Cuff Width: 1 1/2"
Diameter of Centerpiece: 1 1/2"
Fits Wrist Size: 6 1/2"
Rich leathers, hand-forged sterling silver, and natural gemstones form an irresistible partnership in these extraordinary heirloom cuff bracelets! Most of the one-of-a-kind cuff centerpieces are exclusively designed and created by Jill Judd of Roca Jewelry Designs, while others feature antique, "dead pawn" jewelry pieces handcrafted by the Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi Indians. We at Roca Jewelry Designs search high and low for the finest of stones to incorporate into our cuff centerpieces as well as for special, vintage Native American-made jewelry items (bolos, rings, pendants, etc.) to repurpose into unusual focal adornments.
To create the cuff portion of our bracelets, we painstakingly source, recycle, and refurbish vintage leathers from wherever we can find them! Old western belts with wonderfully worn, intricately tooled designs are used for many of the larger cuffs, while smaller bracelets are created using well-used, reconditioned reins and harness leathers. Each handmade leather cuff bracelet possesses its own distinctive character and seems to tell its own unique story - no two are alike, nor can they be replicated!
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