Mediterranean Coral Cuff
Mediterranean Coral Cuff handmade by Navajo artist Guy Hoskie. This remarkable cuff features deep hand stamped traditional designs with fabulous pieces of Mediterranean coral set in sterling silver. The cuff measures 1 1/4″ inch wide. The inside circumference measures 5 1/4″ inches from end to end with a 1″ inch wide opening.
History of Coral
Red coral (Corallium Rubrum) comes from certain areas, such as the Mediterranean, where the specific water temperature and conditions allow coral to thrive. Coral is a hardened tube or branch. Only about 10% of coral is considered jewelry quality. Although coral has been used by Stone Age peoples as long as 30,000 years ago to decorate sepulchers (burial vaults), Native American artists have only used coral for the last 600 years.
When Europeans arrived in the New World, they brought with them “blood coral” from the waters of Spain and Italy.
Santo Domingo peoples first used coral in necklaces, as wampum (trade beads). The Hopi and Zuni strung coral beads alternating with other beads such as jet, turquoise and spiny oyster for dances and ceremonies.
Guy Hoskie was born in 1952 and lives in Window Rock, Arizona. He is married with two sons that are both serving in the Armed Forces. Guy learned silversmithing from his relatives, Sunshine Reeves and Andy Cadman, and has been creating jewelry since the early 1990’s. He is well known for the quality of his work with fine natural turquoise stones and deep hand-stamped traditional designs.