Al Joe has a heap of awards, including Indian Artist of the Year, and even served a term as Councilman for the Navajo Nation’s government.
He is celebrated for exquisitely precise silverwork, and elegant designs that are always perfectly balanced between simplicity and ornamentation.
This bracelet is a handsome departure from his usual style; more rugged, but still precise and refined.
Against a sandy-textured background, that is both darkened and burnished, a trio of outlined, applied butterflies glisten with a smooth, high polish.
Although most of the surface is textured, the artist’s amazing technique has left a filament of polished silver at each edge of the cuff, completing the integrated design.
The effect is a bit more traditional than much of Al’s work but just as crisp, clean, and yes, elegant.
Butterflies are honored, not only for their beauty but because they aid in pollinating plants.
This bracelet may look more traditional than the artist’s general work, but it is has been fabricated with the same precision and restraint, technical mastery and superior artistry, that have become synonymous with the name Al Joe.