We repurposed a beautiful, sterling silver and turquoise pawn item to serve as the centerpiece of this striking leather cuff bracelet. The turquoise centerpiece was originally a broach crafted by an unidentified Navajo silversmith, circa the mid 1900's. The vintage pin features a small blue turquoise stone set in a sawtooth bezel in the center of a slightly domed, concho-like back plate. A marvelous, hand stamped design fans out around the center stone. The golden brown leather cuff was created from a reconditioned, vintage horse rein full of distressed character. It has a button stud closure and will fit a larger wrist that measures in the 6 3/4" to 7" range. This unique turquoise cuff bracelet is simply charming!
Leather Type: Vintage horse rein
Original Repurposed Item: Old pawn broach - circa mid 1900's
Metal & Gemstone: Sterling silver and turquoise
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
Cuff Width: 5/8"
Diameter of Centerpiece: 1 1/8"
Fits Wrist Size: 6 3/4" - 7"
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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