Sunshine Reeves: Royston Cuff


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Hand Stamped Royston Cuff

Hand Stamped Royston Cuff by the amazing Sunshine Reeves. This incredible cuff features a beautiful piece of royston turquoise surrounded by amazing stamp work. The cuff is 2″ inches wide and the inside circumference is 5 3/4″ from end to end with an additional 1 1/4″ inch wide opening.

Royston Turquoise

Royston is a district in Nevada consisting of three turquoise mines: Bunker Hill, Oscar Wehrend, and the main producer, The Royal Blue. Royston is known for its beautiful colors ranging from deep green to rich, light blues which are set off by a heavy brown matrix. The Royston mine is producing a little high grade turquoise today, operated by the Ottison family. They process most of their material into finished cabs and allow very little rough to come onto the market. This controlled output has raised the price of this material considerably in recent years.

Native American Artist: Sunshine Reeves

Daniel “Sunshine” Reeves was born into a family of New Mexico silversmiths. His brothers Gray Reeves and David Reeves taught him the craft. Sunshine has gone on to become one of the most distinguished silversmiths in the country. Sunshine’s jewelry designs begin with flat sheets of silver, which are then deeply hand-stamped and shaped to form intricately decorated bracelets, boxes and even kerosene lanterns. Though the process is time consuming and labor intensive, (each individual mark on a piece represents a separate hammer blow) the finished products are beautiful and entirely unique art objects. Sunshine Reeves is well recognized as a master in his field. His work has been displayed at the Peabody Museum, Harvard University and the Heard Museum. Sunshine also took the Best of Show award at the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial in Gallup and is the only silversmith to win Best of Show at the famed Santa Fe Indian Market.