This 1920s Zuni Bracelet With Stone-On-Stone Elements Is A Very Unusual Early Rosette Bracelet. It Belonged To The Wife Of A Well Known Indian Trader In The Four Corners Area.
- It is a 1920s Zuni Bracelet With Stone-On-Stone Elements.
- The side bars that form a fan of lovely stone on stone inlay are an excellent example of this early work.
- The bezels are all sawed by hand.
- The shank of the bracelet is made up of the older hand pounded triangular silver caronated wire.
- The two inside shanks are made up of heavy twisted flattened wire.
- Around the outer edge of the two inlaid fan-shaped elements, is a border of twisted silver wire pounded flat.
- The stones used in the inlay are mother of pearl, red abalone shell, jet and turquoise.
- Wire work scrolls ending in liquid silver drops complete the sidebar designs.
- The large rosette is made up of carefully spaced circular cut turquoise stones on the outer circle. Each is separated by a small liquid silver drop.
- Twisted silver wire separates each row.
- Carefully hand-cut tear-dropped shaped turquoise form the second row.
- The center and its surrounding row are small round cut stones.
- The bracelet is heavy and is currently shaped to fit a size 7 1/2 wrist leaving a 1 1/4″ gap. The piece could be opened or closed somewhat.
- The center rosette measures 1 1/2″ in diameter.
- The two side elements measure 1 5/8″ long x 5/8″ wide.