Coral and Turquoise Bracelet Cuff by Dan Simplicio c. 1940


Dan Simplicio, Zuni (1917 - 1969) learned the art of jewelry making from his uncle, Juan DeDios, one of the earliest Zuni silversmiths. Dan worked at C.G. Wallace's trading post and ultimately Wallace became one of the biggest Simplicio collectors. He used branch coral in its natural form, which was unheard of during this time period. He innovated the natural coral and turquoise style of jewelry and excelled at his silver work. Simplicio was influenced by the French, German and Italian use of leaf patterns. It is this leaf work that sets Simplicio's pieces apart from traditional Zuni work

This Bracelet is a great example of his work, with the carinated silver framework squared off at the ends, found in many of his pieces. The beautiful high grade turquoise stones, branch coral and silver leaves are of course his definitive style.

Width 1 1/8"
Length 5 3/8"
Gap between ends 1 3/8"

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