Navajo silversmith Albert Jake was born in 1959 at Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico. He has been smithing silver for over fifteen years. Albert is renowned for the precise detail and execution of his work and for the fine natural stones which he always employs in his pieces.
We've never seen Albert make anything like this. He said he saw a bracelet something like this in a jewelry book showing Navajo jewelry of the twenties and thirties. From the S-curved stamps to the convex horizontal ribs of the cuff to the straight-edged bezels unfettered with twist wire wraps, this is wholly evocative of Navajo silversmithing from the first half of the twentieth century. The finish on the cuff is just right, too; slightly brushed and oxidized to just the right level. The stampwork is deep and clean; perfect in its repetition. He set three stones of natural, untreated Royston turquoise in high, straight-edged bezels. This piece is a classic of Navajo Traditional Revival silversmithing.
Note on size: Because this is a wide bracelet (just over 2" in width), this will best fit someone who normally wears a size 6 1/2" or size 6 5/8" bracelet in a one-inch width bracelet.
Hallmarked "A JAKE" and stamped "Sterling" inside.
Stones: center 5/8" x 1/2"; top 1/2" x 3/8"; bottom 1/2" x 7/16"
Width of cuff: 2 1/8"
Terminal to terminal: 5 9/16" Gap: 1 3/16"
Total inside circumference (including gap): 6 3/4"