Tufa Cast Spiny Oyster Shell Cuff Bracelet

By Joel Pajarito, Kewa (Santo Domingo)

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Let your eyes rest upon a vibrant spiny oyster shell set center stage in an elegant, tufa cast sterling silver flowing cuff bracelet by Joel Pajarito. He is an accomplished jeweler from the legendary Mary C. Lovato family of award-winning Kewa (Santo Domingo) Pueblo artists. Mary is his grandmother who passed down the traditional jewelry arts to Joel. His father is respected jeweler Anthony Lovato.

The traditional tufa cast jewelry method involves cutting a tufa stone in half, smoothing out both surface sides, carving a sprue hole on top, then carefully carving out a design, where molten sterling silver is poured in. Joel's Dragonfly, corn, rain cloud, spiral and sun motifs are incorporated throughout this gorgeous and approximate 1" wide work of wearable art. With an entire inner circumference of about 6 1/2", which includes the opening of 1 1/8", this signed by the artist piece will be a treasured addition to any jewelry collection. Please click here to determine wrist size.