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.
This is a bracelet made for us by Guy with stones that we furnished him. First, we match out our sets of stones. Based on the size and linear wrap of the set, we determine the appropriate size for the bracelet and the width required. Guy does the rest; he decides whether the stones call for a scupted- or straight-edged cuff and he determines the decorative aspects of stampwork, appliqueés, raindrops, etc. Each set of stones is absolutely unique and from this springs a unique bracelet in every instance. Don't ask us to "...make one like such-and-such in my size." There is but one of each of these and none is an imitation of another.
This five-stone graduated row bracelet is set with beautifully cut natural, untreated Kingman turquoise from Arizona. Conrad Armijo cut these thick, high-domed stones. This is a soft, pretty blue shade of Kingman. This stone was mined some decades ago but was just recently cut, so you won't see Kingman turquoise of this ilk except on rare occasions or in older pieces The cuff is made from heavy 12-gauge Sterling and the stampwork is deep and precise. The silverwork has a nice patina which gives it an old-style look and, though this looks like an antique, 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.
Stones: center 5/8" x 7/16"; left & right 7/16" x 1/4"; far left & far right 3/8" x 1/4"
Weight of stones: 24.5 carats
Width at center stone: 3/4"
Width of cuff: 9/16"
Terminal to terminal: 5 3/8"
Total inside circumference (including gap): 6 3/8"