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J1097 Herman Smith

Silver Repousse Cuff

Price: $995.00
 
Description

Sterling silver cuff by Navajo silversmith Herman Smith. The 2 5/8” cuff has a repousse pattern and heavy stamp work around a central repousse cross. The inside of the cuff is 6" with a 1 1/2" gap.

Repousse is the process of hammering the silver from the reverse side to create a raised design.

Herman Smith comes from a family of silversmiths. He learned the art of making jewelry from his mother Mary C. Yazzie. He is the cousin of Terry and Calvin Martinez. Herman’s work is mostly traditional revival style and he is known for his precise repousse and stamp work. He always uses heavy gauge sterling silver that is carefully oxidized to create an older traditional look.

About the artist

Herman Smith

Herman Smith comes from a family of silversmiths. At the age of 13 he learned the art of making jewelry from his mother Mary C. Yazzie. He is the cousin of Terry and Calvin Martinez. Herman’s work is mostly traditional revival style and he is known for ingot style bracelets with deep stamp work in the tradition of the old master silversmiths of the Navajo Nation. He always uses heavy gauge sterling silver that is carefully oxidized to create an older traditional look.  

Herman uses fine turquoise, coral and lapis in his traditional designs. Recently, he has been creating more contemporary designs, with channel inlay, as well. He uses very few stamps to make all different designs, and He is known for his detail stampwork, although he uses very few stamps to make detailed designs.

Over the years, he has experienced persistent back problems and undergone surgery and lived with some excruciating pain which periodically makes it impossible for him to smith silver. 

About Bischoff's

Bischoff's Gallery opened in 1999. The gallery, located in historic Old town Scottsdale, Arizona carries work by Native American, western, and southwestern artists. Known for it's collection of Native American Jewelry, Bischoff's also offers a selection of Navajo rugs, kachinas, pottery, baskets and fine art from artisans of many tribes...

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