Zuni Pueblo artists Rickell and Glendora Booqua handcrafted this stunning geometric inlay bracelet using blue lapis and manmade opal. Carefully cutting the stones by hand and inlaying them into sterling silver to form a bold and unique pattern. This bracelet with its striking color combination is a beautiful way to add Native American art to your wardrobe.
Natural opal is a highly valued gemstone and with roughly 90% of the world’s supply coming from Australia, manmade laboratory-grown opal entered the market in the 1970’s to fill the demand. Today, many artists use manmade opal in their pieces and while nothing can replace a gemstone made naturally, many have found that opal created in laboratories mimics the chemical composition, internal structure, physical properties, and appearance of natural opal. Created through a neatly stacked layering technique manmade opal comes in a variety of colors and is more accessible to artists of the Southwest.
Bracelet measures ic: 5-1/4" bw: 5/8" o: 1-1/8". Comes with certificate of authenticity.
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At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.