This seven-stone, uniform-width row bracelet by Calvin Martinez is set with high-domed oval stones of natural, untreated Persian turquoise. This turquoise was imported to the U.S. as cut stones in the 1970's before the fall of the Shah of Iran. This is archetypal Persian turquoise from the mine at Nishapur illustrating the classic cut and coloration from that ancient turquoise mine. The stones are set in handmade serrated bezels and raindrops are interspersed between the stone settings. This is a piece of ingot jewelry made in the traditional way of silverworking as taught to the first Navajo silversmiths by their Spanish teachers in the nineteenth century.
Hallmarked C.MTZ inside an arrowhead and stamped Navajo and Sterling inside.
Stones: center 9/16" x 7/16"; 4 ovals 7/16" x 5/16"; 2 ovals 3/8" x 1/4"
Uniform width of cuff: 1 1/8"
Terminal to terminal: 5 3/8"
Gap: 1 1/8"
Total inside circumference (including gap): 6 1/2"