A new interpretation of an historic jewelry form. Most often seen – then, and now – as pins, bugs have been a tradition in Navajo jewelry for a century, at least.
Butterflies and spiders are favored for their lovely markings and colors. Also, they are traditionally revered as consumers of other, pesky bugs, and pollinators of plants and crops, respectively. This clever bracelet beautifully captures the color and delicacy of the butterfly, with the eight legs and body of the spider.
Instead of solid, inlaid or overlaid wings, or legs, the artist has formed them out of silver wire in a substantial gauge. The graceful shapes are adorned with four different stones.
Attached by curled silver wire legs, the stones range from sky-blue turquoise and shimmering red goldstone on one side, to golden spiny oyster shell and tiger’s eye, on the other. Mother of pearl is inlaid in the eyes.
These are all lovely accents to the nicely marked turquoise head and body. Short silver wings are delicately stamped and shaped.
Vibrant with color, a wonderful mix of solid and ethereal, this bracelet is sure to attract admiring attention. It is both dramatic and dainty – a masterful combination – and a handsome modern take on historical style.