The foremost bibliography of Indian jewelry artists bluntly declares: “Carl and Irene Clark are among the greatest Indian jewelers in history.”
The fame of their incredibly tiny, mosaic inlaid work is world-wide.
This lovely bracelet is incredible, even for the Clarks.
The two bars of silver flow gracefully around the wrist, supporting five micro-mosaic elements, plus one solid, splendid turquoise, set upon them.
Each of the variously formed, geometric inlaid pieces are very, very small: from 1/8″ to 1/4″ wide.
Within each of these tiny spaces, the artists have inlaid four different Yei faces, each composed of countless minuscule bits of stone and shell, plus hair-width lines of jet.
The fifth inlaid piece looks to be solid red coral, but is actually made up of scores of minute pieces of the coral, with wee squares of turquoise, and one of mother of pearl, interspersed.
At the side, is an inlaid strip of red coral, turquoise and mother of pearl, separated by wisps of jet.
A row of tiny, jet-framed mother of pearl squares glitters at the top.
(It is impossible to believe how minute the individual inlaid stones are, until you look through a magnifying glass. You will be amazed.)
Finally, the natural, pillowed and beveled, spider web turquoise is set in an asymmetrical, pentagon-shaped silver bezel – plain and gleaming, like the others.
The teeny-tiny, inlaid Yei faces represent the Navajo spirits who are invoked, in this case, to provide enough water.
The beautiful wavy form of the silver bars evokes a flowing stream.
There is even more! On the inside, the silver bars are delicately etched with graceful feathers – symbols of prayer.
Also, with little circles, referring to water drops. Water is very good luck.
The turquoise is as high in quality as the workmanship, and all the materials are natural.
This bracelet is poetic in its grace, astounding in its skill, and beautiful in its design.
It verifies, in the most extraordinary way, the rarified reputation of these artists.
You will wear it every day. Enjoy it on your wrist now; admire it in a museum, later on.