This lovely bracelet & ring set is made by the Huichol Indians from the Planteros Cooperative. The Huichols are a small tribe of approximately 15,000 living in central western Mexico near Ixtlan in the Sierra Madre Mountains. They are said to be the last tribe in North America to have maintained their pre-Columbian traditions. Because of this they are famous for their strong ceremonial tradition, rich mythology and incredible visionary artwork. Shamanism pervades every aspect of Huichol life, from the way they plant their corn to the way they raise their children. Their joyful way of life reflects a dynamic shamanic tradition. Huichol shamans and healers still practice today as they have for unnumbered generations. A piece of jewelry from this tribe is truly special!
This bracelet and ring set is considered 'Medicine Art' with the 5 cardinal points in the blossom of the ring. The sterling silver, amber & turquoise bracelet measures just shy of 8 inches in length, and the ring measures 10mm in diameter and is a size 7. The blossom is made of amber, and it is inlaid with sterling silver. I bought this in person from an old Native American man who traveled back and forth between Texas and Mexico, selling their jewelry for them. He explained to me how the silver dots in the ring were formed: a hold is drilled into the blossom, then a tiny bit of molten silver is poured into the hole to form the dot. The bracelet & ring set that you see in the photo is the actual bracelet & ring you will receive.