DescriptionThis one-of-a-kind cuff bracelet was handcrafted by award-winning silversmith Lee Charley. Inspired by his Navajo heritage, Charley has incorporated terraced geometric designs found in traditional Navajo rugs. In his contemporary interpretation, these designs showcase a high polished sterling silver finish. One of the most renowned Navajo jewelry artists working today, Charley honors tradition while creating unexpected contemporary silhouettes that are valuable for their beauty and artistry.
- Cuff bracelet handcrafted by Lee Charley (Navajo)
- Sterling silver
- Bracelet measures 3-1/8” wide with a 5-1/2” inside circumference and 1-1/4” opening
- Fits an average wrist Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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About the Artist
Lee Charley (b. 1968) is an accomplished Navajo silversmith who lives in Thoreau, NM. He learned jewelry-making from his mother, and his half-brother is well-known silversmith Ernest Rangel. Charley creates both traditional and contemporary work and his handcrafted designs are often inspired by fish, dragonflies and other animals and traditional Navajo designs.
Jewelry has been made and worn in the Southwest since prehistoric times. For thousands of years Native Southwestern people have made mosaic inlay and beads of turquoise, shell, bone or stone. Metal arrived with the Spanish. Native Americans acquired metal ornaments through trade, but it was not until the middle of the 19th century that Navajo and Zuni artisans learned the craft from Mexican blacksmiths and silversmiths. Their early silver jewelry creations were plain, with simple engraved, stamped or punched designs. Turquoise was first used in silver around 1880. By the turn of the century, silversmithing was widespread across the Southwest, and Native artists were making more sophisticated pieces like concho belts and squash blossom and naja necklaces. The Navajo soon became known for their use of silver, emphasizing silver-heavy designs with only a few gemstones, while the Zuni focused on stone work, featuring finely cut clusters of gems in complex patterns. The Hopi and Pueblo tribes also developed distinctive jewelry styles in the early 1900s. Today, silver jewelry is an iconic image of the Southwest.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.