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JIM NEELY BANDS
While there are many independent gold and silversmiths in Santa Fe, a few stand head and shoulders above the rest. Jim Neely is one of those. Cantankerous, difficult and misguided by a "free trapper" mentality, the beauty and originality of his bands, belts, earrings and buckle sets make it worth dealing with him. All pieces are one of a kind.

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JN1
Sterling silver pierced, overlayed and engraved side piece features 18k gold skull paired with seven sterling repoussed elements and four sets of sterling wings highlighted with 18k gold. On horsehair.

JN2
Sterling silver pierced, overlayed and engraved side piece features large 18k buffalo skull paired with seven small repoussed elements and four sets of sterling wings with 18k gold highlights. On horsehair.

JN3
Herd of buffalo. Hand cut and engraved large buffalo skull and eleven buffalo head elements. All sterling silver on horsehair.

JN4
18k hand cut, and engraved buffalo skull overlayed on a pierced overlayed engraved sterling silver side piece and finished with eleven large hand cut and engraved buffalo skulls. On horsehair.

JN5
All 18k herd of buffalo. Small hand cut and engraved buffalo skull adorns a pierced overlayed engraved solid gold side piece paired with two repoussed elements and ten hand cut engraved buffalo skulls. On horsehair.

JN6
One of a kind 18k gold hatband comprised of 11 repoussed conchos and a pierced, overlayed engraved scroll work side piece set with a gem quality Turquoise stone. On leather.

JN7
The tender delicate side of Neely. A beautifully conceived and executed 18k hatband comprised of a solid gold side piece featuring overlayed engraved scroll work centered with a large gold flower set with turquoise and finished with sixteen smaller 18k handcut flowers set with Turquoise. All Turquoise gem quality Sleeping Beauty blue. Mounted on fine black Italian garment leather.

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