Indian Mountain Turquoise Coral Curved Cuff
Indian Mountain Turquoise Coral Curved Cuff handmade by Michael Perry. This striking cuff features a beautiful piece of Indian Mountain Turquoise surrounded by coral and Kingman turquoise. This cuff is a fabulous piece of wearable art. The cuff is 1 3/4 inch wide and the inside circumference is 5 inches from end to end with an additional 1 inch opening.
Michael Perry is a young Navajo artist whose jewelry has a creative and innovative edge. He combines traditional techniques with contemporary styles to create high-end, stunning pieces. With a nod to classic Navajo jewelry, Michael Perry bezel-sets beautiful turquoise stones and adds his modern flair by inlaying turquoise or red coral around the set stone in a contemporary fashion.
A talented Navajo jewelry designer, Michael Perry excels in overlay and tufa-casting techniques. The unique designs and attention to detail he exhibits in his silversmithing make his work stand out from the rest. His artwork is always bold and exciting, pushing the boundaries of what people expect to see in Navajo jewelry.
Michael Perry is a young artist to keep an eye on – the potential of his artistic ability is just beginning to be realized and his career has already started to take off.
Indian Mountain Turquoise
The best known of the contemporary mines was originally discovered in 1970’s by a Shoshone sheepherder who stumbled upon a vein of turquoise on a hillside while tending his sheep. Eddy Mauzy and his family mined and marketed turquoise from This site to top southwest Indian artists. Jewelry featuring Indian Mountain turquoise was featured in Arizona Highways magazine in the 1970’s. Indian Mountain mine is in Lander County, Nevada. Indian Mountain Turquoise mine has produced a fair amount of fine deep blue spiderweb Turquoise that rivals the best of Lander Blue Turquoise. Any fine or accomplished silversmith or jewelry knows of this Turquoise and will pay dearly for it. Indian Mountain Turquoise is not a common variety of Turquoise and it fetches uncommon prices. Most of the beautiful Spiderweb Turquoise from the Indian Mountain Turquoise Mine is set in Gold Jewelry and gold and silver jewelry. Indian Mountain is only used in the finest American Silver Jewelry and Gold Jewelry.
History of Native American Jewelry
The History of Native American Jewelry is deeply rooted in the culture of the American Southwest. Certain historical processes have given American Indian jewelry a strong presence in today’s modern style. The use of Turquoise is by far the most influential aspect of ancient Indian jewelry used in modern western fashion. Archeological evidence supports the theory that stones, which include turquoise, shells, and carved fetishes, predate the Christian epoch. Turquoise that was found in Hohokam excavations in southern Arizona has dated back to 200 B.C. Even older in central Mexico, approximately 600-700 B.C., and in South America about 900 B.C.
Native American Jewelry has a unique past. Knowing that story is the key to understanding the Indian jewelry styles of today. Native Americans started making silver jewelry in the late 1800’s when the Spaniards came, making jewelry, ornaments for their horses and trinkets for barter. But the Indian jewelry made before this time provided the foundation for their own style. Although the tribes and their styles vary, some common themes persist. There is significant evidence of beaded Turquoise jewelry. Turquoise and shell, paired with feathers would be strung and hung from every place possible. Yarn, leather, and sinew were woven into patterns and incorporated into necklaces, bracelets and clothing with the stones and shell. Other unique, beautiful items from nature would be included as much as possible. In Arizona this jewelry dates back over 2300 years, during the Hohokam era. Metal was rare but not out of the picture entirely. Some archeologists suggest gold and silver was worked by certain tribes in North America during this ancient time but its use would have been limited. Gold and Silver was worked by the Native peoples of Mexico and Central America since the time of the Aztec, so its possible Native American tribes living in the southwest region could be aware of metal working in some way much earlier than the Spanish arrival. It is even difficult to put a date on just when the Native Americans started making silver jewelry after the Spanish arrival. Some authorities will say the 1870’s some the 1890’s.