This tufa cast bracelet with Kingman turquoise center stone and sleeping beauty turquoise accent stones highlights the fantastic dragonfly designs. 5-1/2" cuff with a 1-1/4" opening fits a 6-1/2" to 6-3/4" wrist.
Tufa stone is a compressed volcanic ash material; it is easier to carve than sandstone and its porous surface leaves a unique texture once the metal has cooled. The artist’s design is carved into the flat surface on the inside of the stone mold. The design creates a negative space carved away that is then filled with molten sterling silver.
Tufa stone is very fragile and most silversmiths will only get one good cast from each mold. Nearly all tufa cast pieces are one-of-a-kind as the mold will literally break after casting.