Item Measurements: The bracelet has an inside circumference of 6.5", including a wrist gap of 1". The inside diameter is 2. The cuff tapers from 0.8" to 1" wide, with a depth of 0.2. Closure/Clasp Type: This cuff has a wrist gap that is designed to slip over the wrist at the opening. Notable Features: This gorgeous Sterling silver bracelet was handmade by a collaboration of two Pacific Northwest Coast Native American artists.
The cuff is slightly contoured and features an oblong shape for a more natural fit on the wrist, and features a slightly tapered solid Sterling Silver design with six graduated inlaid cow bone scrimshaw sections, with a Sterling Silver raised relief totem in the center. The totem is a raised, stylized Pacific Northwest eagle head; the eagle was a symbol of power and strength. The eagle head is raised above a stamped background that features floral sunburst patterns that catch the light for a bit of glitter. There is a whale tail design engraved in the raised Sterling Silver of the eagle, a nod to the cultural importance of sea and sky to the Pacific Northwest Natives. There are three graduated sections of inlaid cow bone on either side of the eagle totem, and each section has been expertly scrimshawed by hand to feature an Art Nouveau Alphonse Mucha-inspired flower.
Each flower can be found in the Pacific Northwest; from left to right the bracelet features a standing purple Scottish Thistle, a red and yellow California Columbine, a feathery purple Iris, three drooping orange Tiger Lily trumpets, three orange California Poppies, and a bundle of yellow Violas. Scrimshaw is usually done in black ink, so to see colors like this on a piece is truly unique! This piece was a collaborative effort between a skilled silversmith, who designed the silver-work of the cuff, and then commissioned the help of an incredibly talented scrimshaw artist to create the flower images, and is a truly stunning piece of craftsmanship.This beautiful piece was made by a very talented Native American silversmith. It features hand-crafted silversmith work throughout. Antique Native American jewelry is very rare to find. This is due to these pieces being made for reservation and personal use before the tourist trade became popular. Very few pieces were made and even less survived to today. The distinctive artistic tradition of the Native Northwest Coast tribes is particularly unique and boldly stylized. The indigenous Northwestern peoples lived along the sea shores and river valleys, and much of their art and jewelry depicted totemic people, plants, and animals that they encountered in daily life or were spiritually significant. Beautifully intricate relief carvings were hand-shaped into wood and colored using primarily reds and blacks, a technique which was easily adapted to engraving with the arrival of the Europeans and precious metals such as silver. This beautiful piece was made in the Art Nouveau Style!
The Art Nouveau period was famous for its flowing organic designs, flowing ladies, flowing floral and regal designs. Alphonse Mucha was a Czech artist that highly influenced Art Nouveau styles with his distinctive style as a decorative artist and painter. Mucha painted Art Nouveau women with a specific style that involved lighter hues of color and a specific depth of field range that had never before been seen in the artistic community.Though a painter, Mucha influenced the jewelry world with his distinctive style. Scrimshaw work was first started by whalers in New England but quickly carried over to Native Americans and jewelers alike. The process usually involves bone used to hand etch and ink a nautical scene. Native American silversmiths, working from 1870 to 1900, learned the stamping of ornaments from Mexican leather workers, who had learned the skill from silversmiths. Stampings are usually hand hammered using a handcrafted stamp and include traditional Native American symbols.
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This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Bracelets". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.