Native American made sterling silver mammoth tooth bracelet handcrafted by Navajo silversmith Larson Lee. I have just recently found several Navajo artists who are using Mammoth teeth in their jewelry and the results are amazing. When the ancient teeth are cut and polished they reveal fantastic patterns of colors and each piece is different. Mammoths lived from 120,000 to 4,000 years ago. Their teeth were hard as rocks and have survived since prehistoric times.
The cuff measures 1-1/8 inch wide and has an inside end-to-end measurement of 5-1/4 inch plus an adjustable opening gap of 1 inch. My wrist is 6 around and the bracelet fits me comfortably. The lightweight bracelet weighs 232 grams.
Brand new in perfect condition. Stamped sterling and has Larson Lee's hallmark. Certificate of Authenticity included.
Larson Lee was born in 1960 and first learned silversmithing by watching his grandfather Joe Lee, a well known silversmith and medicine man. He inherited not only the skills and inspiration from his grandfather but his tools of the trade when he passed. Today Larson works in both silver and gold and his work can be seen in the 1989 summer issue of the National Geographic magazine. He once designed a belt buckle for Bob Hope.
The Mammoth Tooth is purchased from a company in Alaska. They find it and prepare it from fossils found in that area. The variety of colors present in each tooth are from the minerals leached from the surrounding rock and dirt.