Stewart Bille .925 Sterling Silver Spiny Oyster Spider Tufa Cast Bracelet
Stewart Bille .925 Sterling Silver Spiny Oyster Spider Tufa Cast Bracelet

Stewart Bille .925 Sterling Silver Spiny Oyster Spider Tufa Cast Bracelet

Regular price $ 480.00 Sale price $ 365.00

Authentic Native American Handmade 

Materials: 

100% .925 Sterling Silver 

Natural Spiny Oyster and Chinese Turquoise

Artist:

Stewart Billie, Navajo Tribe

Product Description:

Navajo Artist, Stewart Billie handmade the one-of-a kind Tufa Cast Bracelet. The stones are Natural Chinese Turquoise and Spiny Oyster, which were hand picked, hand-cut and polished.  The bracelet has spider web design with two handcrafted spiders using the brilliant colored stones as their bodies. Stewart is always trying new techniques and unique designs which allows his work stand out from others.  The bracelet is stamped with the Stewart Billie Hallmark and Sterling Silver Stamp.

Spiders

The spider plays an important role in the mythology of many of the Native American Tribes. Spiders are associated with art of weaving with the wise spider giving guidance.  The spider can also be known as a trickster, a symbol of patience and endurance, or skillfulness. 

Tufa Cast:

Tufa Cast dates back to the early 1800’s when the Spaniards taught the Navajos how to work with silver.  In the early years, before torches and gasoline, in order for a silversmith to melt silver he would have to take hot coals from a fire into a small bucket.  Silver coins were then placed onto pottery shards that were fashioned into a crucible.  The crucible then was placed into a bucket to melt the coins into molten silver.  The silver would then be poured into the carved Tufa stone and allowed to cool. 

Tufa Stone is a volcanic stone which can be found in many parts of the world, including the New Mexico and Arizona Reservation.  The stone is soft which allows the silversmith to carve a design but strong enough to withstand high temperatures.  It creates a very distinctive sandstone finish which can usually last up to two castings before the design becomes unusable. 

Stewart Billie:

Stewart Billie is a Navajo Tufa artist who lives on the Navajo Reservation. Stewart is most well known for his unique designs and high grade stones.  Tufa Casting is his forte. He enjoys creating one of a kind pieces with dragonflies, spiders, buffalos, kachinas and mudheads.  Generally, Stewart works with Sterling Silver and occasionally 14Kt. Gold. Stewart is also talented in sand casting. His sand cast work consists of contemporary and old style designs.  We enjoy working with Stewart as he is one of our top Tufa Cast artist. Stewart's art helps take care of his children and parents while practicing his traditional ways in his Native Culture.

Measurements:   
Length Inside Cuff end to end: 5 1/2”
Width: 1 1/4”
Bracelet Opening: 1 1/8”
Weight: 6.1oz
SKU:NW916