A jeweler since the 1970’s, Jason Takala is a nephew of award-winning jeweler Bernard Dawahoya, who was also his teacher.
Jason’s own work always reflects his Hopi heritage, and has been exhibited in museum shows, as well as winning awards at prestigious art shows.
This astounding bracelet demonstrates the amazing precision of his sawn-out overlay designs and his loyalty to traditional Hopi culture.
And something more – the full blossoming of an exceptional artistic vision that is equalled by the jeweler’s skill in bringing it to fruition.
Where to start? There are so many exceptional qualities to this piece that it is hard to think beyond “WOW”!
But, let’s start with the cuff itself; three narrow bands instead of one wide one, each one separated at the top of the piece for visual delicacy, and comfort, as well.
The three bands blend together into one solid piece, towards the ends of the bracelet, which makes it stronger.
Each band is overlaid with an amazingly crisp, deep carving of various good luck signs: water, rain, clouds, feathers.
The two rows on the outside are similar, while the band in the center is completely different in design.
Atop the center of the bracelet is an exquisitely formed and detailed, overlaid silver Pahlik Mana – Butterfly Maiden – with a 14-karat gold necklace and a luminous natural turquoise.
The kachina (actually, a female dancer, not a true kachina) is three-dimensional in the mask/face and the feathers just above it.
Every feature of the kachina is authentic and sawn out of the silver in impeccable and amazing detail.
These include: the mask; the “feathered” tablita with a stepped top signifying both rain, and the sacred kiva steps; the raised feathers and symbol on the forehead; the various rain, wind, and cloud symbols on the curved body; the meticulously depicted gold “heishi” necklace.
Feathers represent prayers – here, for rain – flying up to the heavens, and the beautiful blue of the natural turquoise represents the vast sky above. But wait, there’s even more to this remarkable piece!
This is a first for us, and we have seen many memorable bracelets, over the past 108 years: The kachina is detachable, and becomes a pendant, so you can wear this as just a magnificent bracelet, and/or as a bracelet and pendant set!
Phenomenal creativity and artistry, both, in this extraordinary piece of jewelry. This museum-worthy bracelet is sure to be a treasured heirloom, by a established artist who is considered a Master jeweler.