Desert Primitive Heat Textured Cuff + Sterling Silver Bracelet + Fossil Tree Fern + Picture Jasper + Wabi Sabi

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Desert Primitive Heat Textured Cuff + Sterling Silver Bracelet + Fossil Tree Fern + Picture Jasper + Wabi Sabi

520.00

A substantial sterling silver cuff, textured like the raw desert landscape, set with two large cabochons held with heavy sterling prongs.

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:: Hopi Point ::

This massive cuff was hand fabricated from solid sterling silver and set with fossil tree fern and picture jasper cabochons by Gary B. Wilson.   It began with the pairing of stones and evolved over an intensive weekend into a talisman that goes straight to the core of the Desert Primitive aesthetic.

The cuff is made with 16 gauge sterling which was heat-textured into a rugged landscape of desert hills, arroyos and mesas; it looks like the landscape seen from high above.  The process is done with a torch and the silver is brought up to the melting point, just where it begins to lose cohesion.  At this stage it can be manipulated but it is an unpredictable process at best.  I was especially please with the results, though, as this time I came away with a piece that looked like raw stone or primitive ceramics covered with fly ash, fired in an Anagama kiln.  I hand finished all of the surfaces, refining them to reduce the sharp edges and burs that are a part of this process, and even added a patch of silver on the inside of the cuff where the silver had thinned during the process.  The rich patina and soft satin finish bring out every detail of the primitive textures.

The stones are large and long, and also set in solid sterling with additonal heavy tabs--also heat-textured--wrapping over them.  The larger stone is fossil tree fern and it has a high polish to bring out its amazing detail, while the other is golden picture jasper that has a matte surface.  At every point during the construction of this piece I made sure every aspect of the metalwork fit in with the whole.  Even though it looks rough and accidental in places, everything was done with intention.  What I did not intend was to drop the cuff and crack the picture jasper when I was in the final stages of finishing.  It was a simple and clean fracture, though, and was repaired easily once I got some technical support, and while the fracture is visible it looks like just another natural marking.  To the touch it is undetectable.  I wore it one day as a test and feel confident that this bracelet will hold up beautifully with normal wear. 

This is a powerful Desert Primitive piece, timeless and elemental, emanating the raw power and beauty of the the desert landscape.

SIZE:  Right now the cuff is about 2 7/8" wide on top, measuring at the stones in their settings, with the metal bracelet about 1 3/8" of that.   The set tree fern cab is 2 3/4" long.   As you look edge-on through the cuff, it's about 2 3/8" x 1 7/8" across the inside.  The opening is only about 3/4" wide right now (I closed it to fit my narrow wrist) and it should actually be opened up at least half an inch more, and could go as wide as 1 1/2" and still fit.

CARE:  Even with a bit of flexibility to the metal, a cuff bracelet should not be excessively bent as this will cause metal fatigue leading up to eventual breakage and it will loosen the stone from its setting.  As with all jewelry, take care to not subject the stones to impacts.  Other than that, this is a durable piece that will only improve with age.  The patina will deepen over time.  You can polish the silver by lightly buffing it with a dry kitchen scrubbing pad or use a silver polishing cloth for a brighter shine.  Wash with soap and water as desired. 

PRESENTATION: This bracelet will come to you beautifully giftwrapped.  See the shop policies below for details.

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