Stewart Billie Arizona Kingman Turquoise Repousse Sterling Silver Tufa Cast Bracelet
Authentic Native American Handmade
100% Sterling Silver
Natural Arizona Kingman Turquoise
Stewart Billie, Navajo Tribe
Navajo Artist, Stewart Billie handmade the one of a kind Tufa Cast and Repousse Bracelet. The stone is Natural Arizona Kingman Turquoise, which was hand picked, hand-cut and polished. The bracelet has both Repousse and heavy gauge stamp work surrounding the deep colored stone. 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.
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 is a Navajo Tufa artist who lives on the New Mexico 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.