Sometimes, the old ideas are worth replicating. For instance, the Navajo jewelry tradition of decorative silver work that urges the eye to a large, knock-out stone in the center.
This jeweler has an international reputation for his intricately detailed pieces featuring ancient petroglyph symbols.
Here, he uses his award-winning skill with metalwork to spotlight an exceptional high grade turquoise, just as his ancestors did.
The star here is a large, fabulous, natural Lone Mountain spiderweb turquoise. – a real prize. Its inverted teardrop shape is echoed in a pair of narrow ovals of convex silver on either side.
These repoussed forms are each centered with a little round dome of silver, polished like the ovals.
Their gleaming surfaces contrast with the textured and chiseled bands that flow around the cuff.
Cut-out feather forms repeat the toothed bezel that hold the turquoise, so there is an all-over harmony to the design.
Smooth and serene, the glorious turquoise floats above the animated surface of the bracelet, yet the lacy pattern of its spiderweb matrix suggests just as much movement as the graphic designs on the cuff itself.
Arland habitually manages to find these large, southwestern origin turquoise stones that are as rare as they are beautiful.
Happily, his skill as a silversmith equals the quality of the stone and his own design, so the end product is even more than the sum of its parts.
A new look at tradition – only better.