A Navajo jeweler ” whose individual vision sets him apart from tradition while retaining the cultural origins that inspired his talent”, Vernon is best known for very personal designs featuring fine, natural stones and inlay.
Often, his designs are complex and contemporary; this handsome bracelet is simpler and modern, rather than avant-garde.
Simpler, but with interesting texture, color and asymmetrical decoration, resulting in a satisfyingly unusual and wearable piece.
The narrow-ish cuff is heavily textured, and somewhat antiqued in finish.
Applied across the center is a raised band of more polished, plain silver, with attached embellishments.
To the left, a trio of rounded, inverse, silver teardrops are stamped with a holly-like design; to the right, a beautiful, apple-green, natural Carico Lake turquoise is in a similar shape.
In the center, and jutting below the silver, a rounded, horizontal rectangle of deep red/brown/purple natural spiny oyster shell, sits in a broadly toothed bezel.
This hand cut bezel matches the one supporting the wonderful turquoise. Like the applied band on the textured silver, the bezels are plain and brushed.
This play of texture and smoothness, soft gleam and rough surface, is very attractive.
The vibrant green of the natural turquoise and the rich depth of the natural shell color are complementary, as well.
The shell and stone are each of the highest quality. This stunning cuff brings to mind snowy days, Christmas trees and Santa’s red suit, and puts us in the holiday spirit!
Expertly hand fabricated, of course, this marvelous bracelet is entrancing, as is all Vernon’s work, yet more understated than some.
Eminently wearable, it still proclaims the very personal, modern style of this masterful, award-winning jeweler.