Navajo smith Oscar Alexius has been smithing silver since the mid-seventies. In American Indian Jewelry I: 1200 Artist Biographies, Greg Schaaf wrote of Oscar, "...he is best known for helping to revive traditional, old-style jewelry."
This piece features three free-form stones of natural, untreated Turquoise Mountain turquoise from Arizona. These stones are a swirling, creamy pale blue with deposits of iron pyrite evident in the center stone and one of the side stones. The cuff shows Oscar's typically heavy appliquée work insterspersed with starred buttons. The cuff consists of four lengths of square wire forming a split-cuff design; with the lengths of wire fused at terminal caps at the gap.
Hallmarked "Oscar Alexius" in script and stamped "Sterling" inside.
Stones: center 1" x 1"; left 3/4" x 1/2"; right 3/4" x 9/16"
Widest point: dead center at 1 7/16"
Width of cuff at terminals: 7/16"
Terminal to terminal: 5 1/8" Gap: 1 1/8"
Total inside circumference (including gap): 6 1/4"