Larry Etsitty Cluster Cuff
Kingman Turquoise Sterling Silver Cluster Cuff handmade by Navajo Artist Larry Etsitty. This striking cuff features 1 large rectangular piece of Kingman Turquoise surrounded by small round pieces of Kingman turquoise set in sterling silver. The cuff is 3 inch X 2 1/4 inch with a 1 1/4 inch wide opening. This cuff is a size 5.7
History of Native American Jewelry
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. 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.
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.