This highly sculptural sterling silver bracelet handcrafted by Elmer Satala,Jr is a breathtaking example of the silver overlay technique developed by the Hopi. Highly stylized water and cloud designs represent rain and clouds, symbolizing the importance of rainwater to Native Americans of the Southwest. A timeless piece that honors Hopi jewelry tradition with a unique modern flair, this versatile and comfortable bracelet can be enjoyed by both men and women.
- Cuff bracelet handcrafted by Elmer Satala, Jr (Hopi Pueblo)
- Sterling silver
- Bracelet measures 1/4” wide with a 5-1/2” inside circumference and 1-3/8” opening
- Fits an average wrist
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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About the Artist
Elmer Satala, Jr is a member of the Bear clan and is from the Hopi Second Mesa village of Shungopavi. He began silver work at the encouragement of his uncles Watson and Delbridge Honanie. After graduating from the Hopi Artist’s Guild, he apprenticed with his Watson for four years.
In the decades just before and after World War II, Hopi silversmiths developed their own sophisticated jewelry technique called overlay, which involves soldering together two pieces of metal. The artist begins by tracing a design onto a sheet of silver then saws out the design by hand, a difficult process requiring a high level of skill. The top piece is soldered to another layer of silver, and the bottom layer is oxidized to create a beautiful contrast with the highly polished top layer. Designs and patterns often incorporate traditional symbols, including sun, water, cornstalks, bear claws and the kokopelli. The overlay technique creates highly dimensional and detailed jewelry that demonstrates the remarkable craftsmanship of Hopi and Native American silversmiths.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
Our Guarantee of Authenticity
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.