We initially made contact with Navajo silversmith Guy Hoskie in December 2005 when we bought some magnificent cluster pendants from him. We have continued to accumulate his work which is always made with fine natural stones. Guy particularly likes making large bracelets with sets of big stones.
This is one among a group of bracelets we commissioned Guy to make for us. We provided a superb group of stones chosen from our stone bank and specified that he make these pieces using 12- gauge Sterling. Most of our smiths work with lighter 14-gauge sheet silver when making bracelets. But we wanted these made with the thicker, heavier 12-gauge silver so that he could get deeper stampwork in a heftier bracelet. We left the artistry to him in choosing how to decorate the cuffs and complement the stones employing his particular sense of aesthetics.
This bracelet is set with an egg-shaped stone of natural, untreated Fox turquoise from Nevada. The cuff is made from heavy 12-gauge Sterling and the stampwork is breathtakingly deep and perfect in its precision. This cuff was oxidized to give it a patina and an old-style look and, though this looks like a vintage piece, it is fresh from the hammer.
Guy's hallmark consists of his initials "G" and "H" with the word "Sterling" stamped between the letters of his initials.
Stone: 1 1/8" x 11/16"
Weight of stone: 24 carats
Width at stone: 1 3/8"
Width of cuff: 15/16"
Terminal to terminal: 5"
Total inside circumference (including gap): 5 7/8"