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. There are five applied silver triangles and five silver raindrop beads. This is NOT a dainty or flimsy bracelet; it weighs 68.6 grams (which is over 2 ounces of sterling silver).
Size large. The bracelet measures 5-3/8 inches long end-to-end plus there is a non-adjustable 1-1/8 inch gap. This piece is very solid. 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. The exact age of the bracelet is unknown but based upon the hallmark, I would guess it to be from the 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 is deeply missed.
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