Lyle is a devoted family man, activist for the legal protection of Native jewelry – and a very well-respected, well-known jeweler, by the way.
He learned from his father, one of a family of noted silversmiths, and is a master of chisel work and hand-stamping.
Lyle designs his own stamps, works the silver in the old way, and calls his style a blend of the old and the new.
This precisely fabricated cuff is a lovely example.
The silver was been shaped into a peak, with a different, stamped and chiseled design on each of the two sides.
On one side, a row of rounded and slightly peaked shapes forms a gleaming frieze against a darkened background.
These shapes, he says, symbolize mountains.
The other side has an overlaid, double zig-zag of polished silver, against the darkened background. This represents rivers.
This darkened background is carefully chiseled into tiny parallel lines, symbolizing rainfall.
Like the ridgepole of a roof, a doubled line of glittering silver holds the two sides together.
Water and earth form nature in balance, a traditional Navajo ideal. Yet, the geometric design seems modern.
The ends of the narrow cuff are flattened, and deeply hand stamped with traditional designs, compatible with the lines chiseled elsewhere, on the top.
Delicate in appearance, this is a nicely sturdy bracelet with an intriguing design.
Meticulously fabricated, entirely by hand, it looks wonderful on its own, and will stack with other cuffs, as well.