This vintage sterling silver twist wire cuff bracelet was created by award winning Navajo artist, Orville Tsinnie. The heavy bracelet is made from heavy gauge solid sterling silver wire that has been flattened and flared at the terminals and wrapped in sterling silver twist wire. This is NOT a dainty or flimsy bracelet; it weighs 62.4 grams (which is over 2 ounces of sterling silver).
Size large. The bracelet measures 5-1/2 inches long end-to-end plus there is a non-adjustable 1-1/16 inch gap. circa 1980's. This piece is very solid, more so than later bracelets.
The terminals are flattened and flared - a nice touch which helps the bracelet stay on your wrist.
Hallmarked by the artist, Orville Tsinnie. Older hallmark with the artist's name and two Shiprock symbols and New Mexico. ca 1980's.
Orville Tsinnie was a master Navajo silversmith who started making jewelry in the 1970s and won numerous awards, including a Lifetime Achievement award from the Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA). The level of craftsmanship in Orville's work was superior. His designs were flawlessly executed, his soldering technique very clean, and his finishing and polishing meticulous. This careful attention to detail sets Orville's jewelry apart from many others. Regretfully, Orville Tsinnie passed away in May of 2017. He will be deeply missed.
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