Hopi sandcast bracelet with Loloma-style multi stone inlay, created by Hopi/Pima artists, Bennard & Frances Dallasvuyaoma. It is inlaid with turquoise, pipestone, purple phosphosiderite, lapis, fossilized palm wood, Wild Horse Jasper and more. The chunky inlay is raised above the surface of the bracelet, in the style of Chales Loloma, who was Bennard's uncle.
The stones are encased in sterling silver cast in sandstone from Hotevilla on the Third Mesa. The sandstone creates beautiful settings of textured metal which contrasts with the smooth surfaces of the gems.
The bracelet measures 5/8 wide with an inner end-to-end measurement of 5-1/8 plus a 1-1/8 non-adjustable gap. It weighs 44.6 grams. My wrist is about 6 inches around and it fits me fine.
This is a gently used bracelet, from the personal collection of a Native American jewelry collector. It is about 10 years old. Excellent condition with no damage to the stones or the silver
About the artists: Bennard & Frances Dallasvuyaoma are Native American Hopi/Pima Artists from New Mexico. Their innovative jewelry is a dramatic blend of both ancient and contemporary traditions, techniques and materials. Frances is Hopi and Bennard is Pima and Hopi. We design each piece of jewelry to signify balance and harmony, says Bennard. When we talk about balance and harmony, we mean that there is an order to everything and nothing is in disarray.
Bennard represents a recent generation of jewelers inspired by Charles Loloma, who was his uncle.