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Striking Six Stone Silver Cuff

Mark Chee

About The Striking Six Stone Silver Cuff

Known for his focus on turquoise in most of his jewelry designs, this piece is another fine example of Chee's love for the stone. The bracelet is a wonderful sampler of 6 different types of turquoise. Each one is freeform cut, retaining much of the original nugget shape!

Each stone, though part of the same mineral family, is unique. The Morenci oval cabuchon has crystals of translucent white quartz, against the dark blue, one can imagine thawing snow or flowers at twilight.

This is a fine piece, simple and straight forward in overall design. Yet within the structure of its natural elements, this cuff is beautifully diverse and complex.

Savvy Price $3,275.00

Gallery Price $3,650.00

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Description

Known for his focus on turquoise in most of his jewelry designs, this piece is another fine example of Chee's love for the stone. The bracelet is a wonderful sampler of 6 different types of turquoise. Each one is freeform cut, retaining much of the original nugget shape!

Each stone, though part of the same mineral family, is unique. The Morenci oval cabuchon has crystals of translucent white quartz, against the dark blue, one can imagine thawing snow or flowers at twilight.

This is a fine piece, simple and straight forward in overall design. Yet within the structure of its natural elements, this cuff is beautifully diverse and complex.

About the Artist "Mark Chee was an important Navajo silversmith in the mid 20th century. He is noted for his heavy silver stampwork jewlery with set stones. However, he also made "remarkably beautiful" sets of silver flatware. Chee worked as a benchsmith for Frank Patania and Al Packard in Santa Fe." The above was excerpted from American Indian Jewelry I 1200 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.
Medium Sterling silver and natural turquoise from 6 different mines
Troy ounces 1.48 troy ounces
Size From end to end, bracelet length is 5 9/16" with a 7/8" opening. Opening can be enlarged. Smallest pear-shaped stone 3/8" h X 1/4" w. Two center stones measure 5/8" h X 1/2" w and just shy of 3/4" h X 11/16" w.
Signed "Chee" Mr. Chee's mark is in the middle of the center band, looking like he used the name portion of his thunderbird stamp.
Date of creation Circa 1955 - 1960
Condition Excellent
Turquoise Nevada Fox or Cortez mine, Arizona Morenci, Colorado Cripple Creek, Nevada Zuni mine, Arizona Kingman and Nevada Red Mountain with a most unusual matrix configuration! (all natural)
Description Tapered, triple shank silver cuff is made of three substantial bands of hand-made half round "wire" joined at each end by a nice foot 7/16" wide.
Provenance Single owner Arizona collection KW WH
Gram weight 46.3 grams
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