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Yellow Gold Overlay Man in the Maze Cuff

Hopi Jewelry

About The Yellow Gold Overlay Man in the Maze Cuff

Classic design is wearable without an explanation. Such is the case with this pristine overlay bracelet.

Slightly domed, this wide cuff bracelet is marked 14K to represent the quality of this yellow gold. Its sole decoration consists of three "man in the maze" designs, the center one being slightly larger. They are meticulously cut from a single sheet and overlayed on a heavier base sheet of solid gold.

Savvy Price $4,850.00

Gallery Price $5,500.00

Item Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Description

Classic design is wearable without an explanation. Such is the case with this pristine overlay bracelet.

Slightly domed, this wide cuff bracelet is marked 14K to represent the quality of this yellow gold. Its sole decoration consists of three "man in the maze" designs, the center one being slightly larger. They are meticulously cut from a single sheet and overlayed on a heavier base sheet of solid gold.

About the Artist "Hopi silver jewelry has been crafted over a period of 100 plus years, beginning just before 1900 and continuing today. By the mid-1930's some of the silversmiths had begun to mark their jewelry with a personal stamp referred to as a silvermark, but is commonly called a hallmark by collectors. Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton in the late 1930's sought to encourage Hopi silversmiths. She stated "There is only one way to make Hopi silversmithing worthwhile, it must be different from any other Indian silversmithing. They must produce Hopi silver, not Navajo, Pueblo, or Zuni. . . using only Hopi design. Overlay, as used in Hopi silverwork, is basically a piece of silver with a design cut out of it--a negative design. . . The silver that is left after the design has been cut out of it is the part used. This piece is soldered onto a sheet of plain silver and the inside of the design oxidized to show up black against the polished silver." Hopi Silver The History and Hallmarks of Hopi Silversmithing by Margaret Nickelson Wright
Medium 14 karat yellow gold
Troy ounces 2.77 troy ounces
Size 1 5/8" height of bracelet at center point tapering to 1 3/16" at the ends. Interior measurement is 6" plus 1 3/16" opening.
Signed "14K" quietly stamped on bracelet's interior
Date of creation Circa 1975
Condition Excellent
Provenance From the famed Vault Collection assembled over a period of 40+ years! WH
Gram weight 85.7 grams
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