LARRY LORRETTO INLAY CUFF BRACELET W/ KINGMAN TURQUOISE LARRY LORETTO:
Well known Zuni Tribe artist Larry Loretto has crafted this inlay bracelet. Done in his signature style of using strips of square wire soldered together as a base and using round wire on the edges giving the bracelet a smooth outside edge. In doing this a channel is created in which the Kingman turquoise is inlayed into. Measuring 1/2" in width 15 individual stones throughout the bracelet. It has an inside measuremetn of 5-3/4" with a 1-1/4" opening. It will fit a 6" to 61/4" wirist.This bracelet is not able to be shaped but we do offer different sizes of this style from Larry Loretto. Please contact us with any questions.
Artist: Larry Loretto learned by both watching and also some guidance from his brother-in-law, Johnny Coonsis. In fact there is some resemblance in Larry’s earlier designs with those of his mentor. Larry’s earlier designs were also similar, but easily distinguishable from, to those of Troy Natachu. Over the past fifteen years, Larry has been quite productive as the demand for his designs has grown. Larry lives in Zuni and is currently trying to interest his 20 year old son, Shane, to work with him.
Stone: Kingman Turquoise originates in the Mineral Park Mining District near Kingman, Arizona. One of the largest domestic turquoise mines, it is found in a large open pit copper mine in the high desert country. The Kingman Mine district was first mined by Native Americans; it was part of the most extensive prehistoric workings in Arizona. Besides the nugget form, the most desirable Kingman turquoise is a deep blue with molybdenum pyrite; also, deep blue with pyrite as well as in a "bird's eye" pattern with "water web" matrix.