This vintage Native American handmade natural Kingman turquoise and Sterling silver bracelet was created by beloved Zuni Pueblo artist, Dan Simplicio. Simplicio used EIGHTEEN natural cut turquoise stones as the center piece of this important bracelet. Notice the extensive use of intricate stamp work on the buttons and silver wire. Simplicio introduced such work in Zuni jewelry in an attempt to make cheaper commercial imitation of Zuni jewelry more difficult. While Simplicio learned to carve leaves from Juan Dedios, his son, Dan Simplicio, Jr., credits his father's World War II army service in Europe with the development of this innovation. Stationed in France, Germany and Italy, he observed the use of leafwork in classical and modern Western European sculpture. Three half-round silver wires secured at the ends by silver tabs form the shank. DAN SIMPLICIO (1917 - 1969; Zuni Pueblo.) learned jewelry making from his uncle, Juan Dedios. He, in turn, passed his knowledge on to younger Zuni artists, including his son Mike Simplicio and his nephew Juan Calavaza. One of the most innovative and wide-ranging Zuni artists, Simplicio was the first to develop styles and materials usage that have since become commonplace. He collaborated with a number of the most widely recognized masters of Zuni art, including Leekya Deyuse, Teddie Weahkee, Leo Poblano, Bernard Homer, and Lee Edaakie. Early in his career, Simplicio worked at C. G. Wallace's Zuni trading post, grinding and setting stones. Wallace collected his work; and, when his collection was auctioned at Sotheby's in 1975, it included more than 50 pieces by Simplicio. Simplicio was the first to use branch coral in its natural form and the first to set rough-cut coral nuggets on rings. He originated the nugget style around 1948.