Side 1: One side is a beautiful inlay of a Navajo Night - the
hogan nestled between two buttes and a star studded sky. Wonderful inlay using
jet, jasper and turquoise. The ends are finished off with an inlay of turquoise,
mother of pearl, gaspeite, spiny oyster and malachite with jet channels
6 1/2" total inside circumference including gap between ends of 1 1/4".
Paula says: "This bracelet fits me very well
which is significant for several reasons. Once I tried it on, I didn't want to
take it off !! And the other is that I can tell you my wrist is about 7"
so that if your wrist is larger than that, this bracelet will not work for you
because of the intricate inlay, the stones could loosen if you tried to open it
up to make it larger. I'd estimate it would be best for approximately a 6 1/2"
to 7" wrist."
House Jr. is from the Ganado, Arizona area and is in his twenties. He has
been learning silversmithing and stone inlay work from his father-in-law, award
winning Navajo silversmith Ervin P. Tsosie.
Tsosie's work is highly regarded and sought out worldwide. He hand cuts gemstones
and other materials such as jet, coral, lapis, malachite, turquoise and makes
intricate murals based on ceremonial and mythical figures.
son-in-law, Merle House creates his own designs but the similarity in the style
of the work is unmistakable. It is as if he is filling a blank canvas with intricate
strokes of stone, very much like his mentor.
Paula says -
"All in all a breath-taking and varied bracelet. A real treasure!"
2: Incredible corn row inlay using brilliant stones and shells - purple and
orange spiny oyster, turquoise, mother of pearl, lapis and more. Shouts out Indian
Corn harvest !!
3: The top of the bracelet is a beautiful sterling silver channel inlay using
turquoise, spiny oyster, mother of pearl, lapis, and gaspeite. There are two turquoise
cabochons to finish off the ends.
of setting stone against stone in a thick mosaic are related yet different. They
are most often seen in Navajo stone work. Both methods require that each stone
be rounded or beveled along its top edges before being placed in the desired pattern.
Here is where the differences appear.
Corn row refers to similar size pieces of stone set parallel, side by side in
a neat row - the edges of each stone are usually rounded. Cobblestone refers to
pieces that are fitted perpendicular or angled to each other like you'd see in
a stone courtyard. Often cobblestone pieces vary in size and have beveled rather
than rounded edges.