Spiny Oyster Shell & Tufa Cast Cuff | Ernest Rangle
Available in sizes: 5 1/4 (Small-Medium) & 5 1/2 (Medium)
Experience the enchanting beauty of the Southwest with this tufa cast purple spiny oyster shell bracelet, a masterpiece brought to life by the skilled hands of Navajo silversmith Ernest Rangle. Each purple spiny oyster shell gemstone is carefully chosen to radiate its natural allure, complemented by the intricate tufa casting technique that lends a unique texture to the sterling silver. This bracelet is not merely an accessory; it's a wearable work of art that encapsulates the spirit of Navajo craftsmanship and the hues of the desert sunset.
Naturally found on the Navajo reservation, tufa stone is a compressed material formed from volcanic ash. Unlike sandstone, it offers ease of carving and, when used for casting, imparts a distinctive texture to the metal as it cools due to its porous nature. Tufa casting is a meticulous and intricate process that entails multiple steps, showcasing the dedication and craftsmanship involved in its creation.
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