Raised in the Gallup NM area, Navajo AARON TOADLENA is an artist that does not take his art for granted & believes it is a blessing since he has been able to support his whole family from making finer Navajo jewelry for many years now. Aaron does not begin to make a piece until his mind, eyes, heart & hands are all uninterrupted & in sync with one another.Aaron keeps his jewelry in a traditional, Navajo old school' style by still doing everything by hand & would rather pound the sterling with a hammer & whatever else it takes, just like his ancestors did. He has been featured in the highly read "Cowboys & Indians" magazine, as well as having been in the Oprah Magazine!
He worked at one time with the famed"Ray Tracey" & also has done shows in Boston & the St Louis Art Museum.. His jewelry is undeniably Navajo & is highly collectible. Designed in a traditional Navajo style, Aaron hand picked the biggest, darkest & THE prettiest Lapis he could, to create a cuff where the sole focus is on the stone! The tear drop cut of Lapis is HUGE (see photo 3) & has specks of gold pyrite that's known to good quality Lapis.
Saw work, conchos, beading & wire work frame the stone & sits atop of a 5 split spread shank to accommodate the size of the stone. The metal has a lightly oxidized finishing. ARTIST: Aaron Toadlena for Plata de Santa Fe Jewelry. STONE SIZE: 49 mm x 32 mm (1.93 " X 1.25").WEIGHT: 3.40 ounces (96.5 Grams). CENTER WIDTH: 2-1/2"-2-5/8" Wide. (For a total wrist circumference of 6-3/4 wrist size). ADJUSTABLE: YES, WITH KNOW HOW.
(The interior measurement doesn't change, but the gap can be opened more if needed). STYLE:Traditional Navajo Lapis Cuff. This will go out Priority, insured, tracking & because of the price, a signature confirmation is required. Lease know your wrist size & read info before purchasing.. HOW TO FIT A CUFF.You can "You Tube" this by putting something like "How to Properly Fit a Cuff". Cuffs fit different than any other type bracelet & it is important they fit right!
The best way to get a good fit is to measure a cuff bracelet you already have that fits you well. The total inside circumference is the inside circumference of the bracelet from end to end plus the gap (the distance between the ends)If you don't have a cuff bracelet , then measure your wrist where you want to wear the bracelet. Cut a strip of paper approximately 8 long and as wide as the bracelet you would like to wear.Wrap the paper around your wrist where you would wear the bracelet. You might secure the paper with a piece of tape to get a better feel of the fit. Remove the paper and measure from the end to the mark for the circumference of your wrist.
EXAMPLE: If the inside Circumference end to end is 5" and the Gap is 1", the total inside Circumference would be 6" and would be suitable for a wrist approximately 5 3/4" to 6 1/4 depending on how tight or loose you like to wear your bracelets.. Remember the interior does not change, but the gap can be adjusted, either by yourself or your jeweler, depending on the thickness of the gauge of metal. The thickness of the fleshy part (above your wrist) of your arm is equally as important as to whether a cuff fits properly..
Even though the cuff is thee right size that fits your wrist, if the gap is too small or too large, can make a huge difference in the cuff fitting. A cuff should not'roll' around on your wrist(Too loose), nor should you see flesh hanging over the edge of the metal (Too tight) Always put the cuff on ABOVE the wrist bone Not at the bone where we wear them! Where it is fleshy, then bring it down to wrist. And NEVER "squeeze" to tighten!!You will lose the integrity of the metal & if there are stones, they can loosen. To adjust & tighten, turn your wrist over, push down on one end at the terminal, push down on the other at the terminal.. Go easy, if the gauge is lighter.. Reverse this method to take off, by bringing the cuff up where the fleshy part is once again & rolling it off(Not pulling it off). The item "Navajo Made-AARON TOADLENA-HUGE-Lapis-Traditional Navajo 925 Cuff-6-3/4 Wrist" is in sale since Sunday, January 19, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Bracelets". The seller is "platadesantafejewelry" and is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
This item can be shipped to United States.