Navajo crafted inlay cuff bracelet by Robert Johnson featuring "Yei-be Chei" dancer motif in spiny oyster shell, turquoise, jasper stone and malachite in sterling silver

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Navajo crafted inlay cuff bracelet by Robert Johnson featuring "Yei-be Chei" dancer motif in spiny oyster shell, turquoise, jasper stone and malachite in sterling silver

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Navajo crafted inlay cuff bracelet by Robert Johnson featuring "Yei-be Chei" dancer motif in spiny oyster shell, turquoise, jasper stone and malachite in sterling silver

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Navajo crafted inlay cuff bracelet by Robert Johnson featuring "Yei-be Chei" dancer motif in spiny oyster shell, turquoise, jasper stone and malachite in sterling silver

A wonderful, wearable artwork by master jeweler Robert Johnson, Navajo heritage. Focusing on the Navajo spiritual being called a "Yei-be Chei" this masterful jewelry work by Mr. Johnson features an inlay of natural, Sleeping beauty mine turquoise embedded into a frame of natural orange spiny oyster shell. At the bottom of the Yei-be Chei is a cactus that has been hand-inlaid using genuine malachite. At the top of the Yei-be Chei is a "mesa" or mountain  inlaid using natural jasper stone. Flat-top mesas or mountains are seen throughout the Navajo homelands.

According to many Navajo people, the Yei-be Chei is a spiritual being that brings knowledge, wisdom, balance and blessings to people. The Yei-be Chei are also credited with protecting crops insuring a plentiful harvest.

The inlay pattern was done in a style commonly referred to as a "pillow" inlay. The pillow inlay technique gives the design a dimensional look and feel.

The bracelet is thick and heavy and is set to fit a 7.5 to 8 inch wrist. Unfortunately, due to the type of inlay, the bracelet cannot be re-sized. 

The artist signed the bracelet on the underside for authenticity