Ancient Picuris Pueblo is not noted for its artistic output, in modern times, but this jeweler is proving that wrong.
Tolpiyine Simbola made jewelry when younger, then gave his attention to the burgeoning film industry in New Mexico.
Now that he’s older – in his late 20’s! – he has returned to making jewelry with an explosive bang, in this extraordinary, spectacular “dragon scales” series, named so because the repousse technique reminds him of the scales of this legendary reptile.
The interior of each shape is pushed out from behind, (“repousse”) in a tiny, four-sided diamond, of which there is nine total, combining to form an even larger diamond! The four sides of the repousse diamonds form facets that glisten and gleam as the light hits.
The remainder of the face of the cuff is decorated with beautiful stamped designs and cut into a kiva step design at the two ends.
The body of the cuff is domed, allowing the design to pop!
Though the entire composition is substantial, it is medium weight for its size.
A true showpiece, this will complement different looks and is a shining example of a fun way to use repousse!