“A self-taught jeweler, like many others, unlike many others, (Aaron John’s) work is fresh, individual, and beautifully made.” That is the judgement of a recognized specialist in Indian art.
Many of his pieces reflect his love of nature, with butterflies, flowers, birds, etc.
However, this austerely handsome cuff relies on geometric simplicity, sharp contrast, and rigorous perfection in its fabrication.
Composed of extra-heavy gauge silver, the top is deeply carved into triangulated peaks and valleys, with a narrow thread of minutely chiseled silver, in the raised center.
The densely darkened, matte center is a wonderful foil for the highly polished outer edges, and subdued glistening of the center filament.
As with all severely simple pieces, there is no room for slips or glitches – and there are none.
From the top, the design is a series of parallel bands, some raised, and others recessed.
But… on the interior is a completely different design and arrangement!
Scrupulously precise stamp work echoes the three bands of the surface, but in a flat design.
A thin chiseled line at each edge, forms a slender border.
Then comes a row of stamped little circles, on both sides on the center.
After that, a row of triangular stamps of parallel lines frames the center.
The center band comprises a row of stamped half-circles, facing in opposite directions from the center, with a tiny circle marking the middle.
These elements symbolize, in order, raindrops, rainfall, and water ripples that extend from another drop of water.
Water is great good luck, on the arid lands of the Navajo.
The stamping is flawless, decorative, and significant: it reflects the Navajo concept of “beauty all around us”, even above and beneath.
The stamped design on the interior, which almost looks like weaving or embroidery, is a beautiful secret for the owner to share, or not.
No birds or flowers here; just an impeccably fabricated, beautifully designed bracelet that reflects Navajo spirituality in a dramatic, and wearable, way.
This impressive cuff is good luck, indeed, for the man or woman it fits.