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Gilbert Tom custom-made triplet turquoise cuff.

$719.00

We've had many of these Gilbert Tom triplet cuffs on our website.  Nearly all originate from the same era—autumn of 2015—when the Drifter first decided to pick his own higher-grade stones.  He began having Gilbert Tom make thicker-gauge, high-quality, throwback-in-time cuffs.  Before that, our bread and butter was old-pawn and dead-pawn items (we consider 'old-pawn' to be at least 50 years of age).  The price of silver was settling-down somewhat after reaching a record high four years earlier and the internet was spawning a worldwide awareness of the uniqueness and value of Native American jewelry.  Consequently, individuals (both foreign and domestic); dealers; collectors, and the Dine' themselves were all-to-quickly buying-up the older things that were made thicker and better and more elaborate than what was starting to emerge. Older pieces were quickly disappearing.  The Drifter bought-up all he could, but the future became uncertain.  Unwilling to engage in marketing new, thin-gauge, tourist-quality Native jewelry, and unwilling to be any part of the onslaught of decrepit off-shore knock-offs, he decided to return to the basics that made the old stuff so good.  This cuff that he worked with Gilbert Tom to create, and quite a few similar ones, are the result.  The thicker silver; the scalloped edges and the layout was supposed to be exclusive, but other dealers now have versions of it, made by Gilbert and a few others.  Oh well, all the better for everybody.  Meanwhile, the industry itself—that had been trending downward a little (for a lot more reasons than listed here)—also awoke, and is now stronger than ever and quality is again paramount to most of those involved.  Knowledgeable customers demand it.  Anyway, the cuff above has an inside circumference of 6.75-inches—including the 'gap.'  It will not lend to shaping or bending much, so the wearer needs to have a wrist size of 6 and 5/8th's to 6 and 7/8th's.  Measure twice; buy once.  Width is 1.75-inches and weight is 138-grams, or 4.86-ounces.  Wow.  The hallmark is a hand-stamped "Gilbert Tom" in cursive.  Always complimentary Priority shipping within the U.S.

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