ZUNI HANDCRAFTED BRACELET WITH TURQUOISE AND JET
Handcrafted inlay bracelet by renown Zuni artist Harlan Coonsis. Set in solid sterling silver, black jet and genuine Kingman turquoise. The medium sized cuff bracelet has 3 rectangular elements measuring 7/8 ” in length by 1/2″ in width. Although he is mostly known for his figurines and kachinas in his jewelry this simple design is a reflection of his artistry. With an inside measurement of 5″-1/2 and a 1″1/4 opening it is easy to wear.Simple in its design but still very elegant.
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.
Black Jet : is a product of high-pressure decomposition of wood from millions of years ago, commonly the wood of trees. Jet is found in two forms, hard and soft. Hard jet is the result of carbon compression and salt water; soft jet is the result of carbon compression and fresh water. Native American Navajo and pueblo tribes of New Mexico were using regionally mined jet for jewelry and the ornamentation of weapons when early Spanish explorers reached the area in the 1500’s.Today these jet deposits are known as Acoma jet, for the Acoma Pueblo.