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Arland Ben is deservedly well-known for his very fine silver and gold jewelry - especially his overlay work. He outdid himself on this bracelet of sterling and 18kt gold set with five pieces of natural turquoise from the Landers Mine. The two smallest stones came from an older pair of sterling earrings and the three middle pieces came from a gold earring and ring set originally purchased in 1976 (we have the original receipt). Exceptional. 1 3/8 inch wide. 5 1/4 with a 1+ inch opening. $18,500.

Arlandbracelet
Arlandbracelet

Photograph copyright by Arland Ben 2014

Arlandbracelet
Arlandbracelet
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Lyndon Tsosie fashioned this stunning bracelet inspired by a petroglyph motif and inlaid with lapis lazuli, coral, fossilized ivory and charoite and topped with a piece of wonderful, natural spiderweb turquoise from the Lone Mountain Mine. 5.25 inches with a 1 inch opening. Just over 2.5 inches across atthe widest point. $2400. (Santa Fe)

An outstanding pair of earrings by Robert Sorrell. Natural Landers turquoise, set in 18kt gold. 2.5 inches long. $2400

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A phenomenal pair of 14kt gold earrings set with natural spiderweb turquoise from the Indian Mountain Mine in Nevada and accented by two coral beads. Robert Sorrell is one the finest metalsmiths out there, in our opinion. $1875 2.25 inches long. (Santa Fe)

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A terrific belt buckle by the late, great Tommy Singer. 3.5 by 3 inches and set with natural spiderweb turquoise. Made for a 1 1/4 inch belt. $900. (Tucson)

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When it comes to Navajo tapestries, Barbara Teller Ornelas is a living legend. This texile, 14.75 by 19.75 inches has a weft count of about 15 and a warp count well above 80...even using a magnifier and a straight pin I found it impossible to count. The weave is exceptionally fine. Adding the fine lines of white and a moderated red, the pattern powerfully evokes the night turning to deep blue as morning approaches, then white dawn and finally red dawn. $1800.