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 is accomplished in his stampwork and has a good design sense. He is also related to the Reeves Brothers (Sunshine and Gary) and the Cadmans (Darrel, Andy, Donovan & Anderson).
This is one among a group of bracelets we commissioned Guy to make for us. We provided a special group of stones culled specially from our stone bank and specified that he make these pieces using 12- gauge Sterling. We wanted him to work with 12-gauge silver so that he could get deep, biting stampwork that is particularly lush with texture. And, of course, we left the artistry to him in choosing how to decorate the cuffs and complement the stones employing his particular sense of aesthetics.
This cuff is set with a large, soft-cornered triangular stone of natural, untreated Bisbee turquoise from Arizona cut for us by Bruce Mead. This is "Smoky" Bisbee showing gray wisps and clouds throughout the stone. This is a rare and highly sought after color variant of Bisbee turquoise in an unusually large stone. To run one's thumb over this glassy surface is to feel smooth uninterrupted polished perfection. At 134 carats, this is far and away the largest "Smoky" Bisbee stone we've ever had. As you can see, the stone is thick and was beautifully cut by Bruce Mead as evidenced by the soft shoulders which form the edges of this stone. Coupled with the fine smithing evident in the heavy-gauge cuff made by Guy Hoskie, this is a very special one-of-a-kind piece. The stone is framed by appliquées, starred buttons and raindrops. This cuff has gently undulating scalloped edges and Guy's skilled, precise stampwork bites deeply into the heavy 12-gauge Sterling.
Do measure your wrist and be aware of your wrist size. This was made with a gap that is proportional to the wrist size it will fit properly. If you have doubts about whether this will fit you, please contact us before ordering.
Guy's hallmark consists of his initials "G" and "H" with the word "Sterling" stamped between the letters of his initials.
Stone: 1 3/4" x 1 11/16"
Weight of stone: 134 carats
Width at stone: 1 7/8"
Width of cuff: 1 9/16"
Terminal to terminal: 6 1/8"
Gap: 1 3/8"
Total inside circumference (including gap): 7 1/2"