One of the few, but prodigiously gifted jewelers from Isleta Pueblo, Vernon likes energetic designs.
Here, exuberant, overlaid silver sprays and ovals are held in check by the finely proportioned oblong frame of this outstanding bolo.
The shape is elegant, and so is the very individual design.
Unlike many overlaid patterns, the base silver is subtly textured, but left in its natural, light color, unpolished and un-darkened.
Contrast with the brilliantly polished overlaid pattern is, therefore, more monochromatic, but definitely a contrast.
The silver work is exemplary: every element is crisply defined, and beautifully formed.
There is a subtle combination of flowing curves and sharp points in the all-over pattern; notice the scalloped border that goes all around the piece.
Graceful, dynamic, dramatic, yet restrained, the design is not one you see everywhere, since it is the creation of this artist.
Perfectly simple cylinders of silver form the handmade tips, keeping attention on the bolo itself while forming a compatible ensemble.
Tradition, married with creativity produced a totally unique, and flawless, bolo.
The hand-braided leather cord is of the same high quality, with a flat part around the neck for comfort and looks. (No, bunched-up collars.)
Stylish enough to wear with formal wear, this bolo looks just as splendid with business suits – and casual wear, too.