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“Hummingbird and Bees” beaded cuff by Teri Greeves, 2018. 24k-gold Czech cut beads; beads; faceted jade, carnelian, and aventurine beads; Swarwovski crystal, traditionally tanned leather. 3”h x 7 3/8” circumference (adjustable cuff).

This beautiful cuff bracelet depicts a glittering hummingbird feeding upon the nectar of a flower as bees buzz nearby. The bracelet prominently features 24-karat gold Czech cut beads created using an electroplate process with traditional glass beads. In addition, semi-precious faceted stones of jade (light green), aventurine (dark purple), and carnelian (light purple) make up the delicate flower. The eyes of the hummingbird and bees glitter with Swarovski crystals.

Estimated Value: $1,800

Kiowa beadworker Teri Greeves received SAR’s Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellowship in 2003. Known for her highly intricate and thoroughly modern take on beading, Teri comes from a long line of beaders and strong women. In speaking about her work, she notes:

“I must express myself and my experience as a 21st Century Kiowa and I do it, like all those unknown artists before me, through beadwork.  And though my medium may be considered ‘craft’ or ‘traditional’, my stories are from the same source as the voice running through that first Kiowa beadworker’s needles. It is the voice of my grandmothers.”