In 2005 I took a road trip to Bead and Button. While there I had an opportunity to spend some time with a local friend who, knowing my love for turquoise, took me to the MECCA of Native American Jewelry galleries. I'm talking display case after display case of the most beautifully crafted silver and turquoise adornments completely beyond anything you can imagine. Mouth agape, I began scanning the treasures before I'd even made it all the way through the door. By my second step inside I was already beelining toward a bracelet nestled midway on the 3rd shelf of a 6 foot long display cabinet.
To say I was impressed by this cuff handcrafted by a Navaho artisan is like saying puppies are kind of cute or 45 below zero is a little chilly. I tried it on and was horribly disappointed when it didn't fit just right and I stood there turning it over in my hands unconvinced that I shouldn't buy it anyway. I was in love.
enabling helpful shop owner suggested I might try it on the other wrist, and the way it slipped on so perfectly made angels sing.
She then showed me the matching ring....and I showed her my credit card.
I wore it earlier this week and was inspired
to duplicate the style in bead embroidery.
With turquoise, of course~
I like to think my ancestors would be proud.
Natural Turquoise, Upcycled Leather