Here is a new version of the energetic feather pattern favored by this mega-gifted jeweler from Isleta Pueblo.
Feathers, especially eagle feathers, carry hopes and prayers up to the heavens, since birds fly so high – especially eagles.
Abstract feathers are flawlessly cut out, and overlaid on a darkened and textured base of silver.
The pattern covers the piece entirely, with cut out edges, so the whole buckle looks like a burst of feathers, frozen into silver.
The design features individual feathers facing different directions, and somewhat on the diagonal, adding to the impression of animated motion.
In the center, a handsome, natural turquoise is set high. It is organic in form, and also slightly on the bias.
With its smooth surface, and mix of earthy and teal hues, it is a nice counterpoint to the mirror-bright, angular forms of the silver.
A twisted rope of silver surrounds it, subtly linking texture and polish to the rest of the buckle.
The center stone, and the strong horizontal forms on either side of it, ground the effect of feathers flying in a rushing wind.
It is scrupulously fabricated by hand, even to the working bits on the back, also in heavy-gauge silver.
This buckle is wonderfully decorative, with a dramatic, graphic pattern that is suitable for tailored wear, as well as more casual occasions.
Top-quality materials, skill, and artistry are evident in the design and its implementation.