Stewart Billie Nevada Royston Turquoise Sterling Silver Spider Bracelet
Authentic Native American Handmade
100% Sterling Silver
Natural Nevada Royston Turquoise
Stewart Billie, Navajo Tribe
Navajo Artist, Stewart Billie handmade the unique Sterling Silver Spider Tufa Cast Bracelet with Natural Nevada Royston Turquoise which was handpicked, hand-cut and polished. The heavy gauge bracelet has spiders on both sides of the cuff along with spiders and webs on the inside of the cuff. Stewart is always trying new techniques and designs which makes his work stand out from others. The Bracelet is stamped with Stewart Billie hallmark and Sterling Silver Stamp.
The Spider plays an important role in the mythology of many of the Native American Tribes from being associated with art of weaving, and the wise spider giving guidance. The spider can also be known as a trickster, a symbol of patience and endurance, and skillfulness.
Tufa Cast goes back to the early 1800’s when the Spaniards taught the Navajo’s 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 where placed onto pottery shards that where fashioned into a crucible. The crucible then was placed into a bucket to melt which transforms into molten silver. The silver would then be poured into 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. The tufa stone creates a very distinctive sandstone finish and can usually only last up to two castings before the tufa becomes unusable.
Stewart Billie is a Navajo Tufa artist who lives on the New Mexico Reservation. He is most well known for his unique designs and high grade stones. Tufa Cast is his forte which means 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. Tufa cast is a old silversmithing technique that has been revived in the past few years. Stewart also works does cast work with contemporary and old style designs. We enjoy working with Stewart as he is one of our top Tufa Cast artist. He helps take care for his children and parents while practicing his traditional ways in his Native Culture.