Watson is a major, prize-winning jeweler, who was mentored by his uncle, the late, celebrated Fred Kabotie, founder of the “Hopi style” of jewelry and the Hopi Guild (which trained many jewelers).
He is especially noted for his intricate workmanship, the high drama of his designs, which relate to Hopi culture and life, and effective mixing of silver and gold.
This handsome bracelet demonstrates his faultless command of both metals.
Various symbols related to water, the source of life essential to dry farming, form the decorative elements of this striking bracelet.
The thick, gleaming rainbow, rain, water and cloud designs are especially effective against the darkened silver background.
14-karat gold suns represent the balance of nature, and add another hue to the glittering metals.
Absolutely traditional Hopi in symbolism, this bracelet nevertheless looks modern, even Art Deco, with the gold against the dark.
The angularity of the elements also suggest ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.
In a good size for everyday wear and/or to stack with other bracelets, this beautiful piece is classic, timeless, yet unusual enough for an individual statement.
The workmanship is perfect; the design is impeccably fitted to the width of the bracelet.
Striking, elegant, but not necessarily formal, this is a masterful piece of jewelry.
Plus, the design represents the very best luck.