Michael Garcia, Na Na Ping, is internationally renowned for his mix of exotic stones and colors, elegant contemporary design, and flawless workmanship.
Originally from Arizona, he married into Nambe Pueblo and was given the Tewa name of Na Na Ping by his wife’s grandfather.
Among his multitude of awards, he is the recipient of the Arlene Feddes fellowship award that recognizes excellence in Native American Art, offered by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts.
He has consistently won first-place awards for his jewelry at the most prestigious shows throughout the United States, and abroad.
One look at this incredible bracelet tells you all that, without words.
Fashioned from smoothly inlaid pieces of breathtaking Tiffany Stone, and green gaspeite chunks, this is no ordinary cuff.
Tiffany Stone is found only in Utah – nowhere else in the world. It is primarily composed of fluorite, with other minerals such as bertrandite, opal, calcite quartz, etc.
This mix of minerals gives the stone a fabulously varied medley of purples and lavenders, in a swirling, marbled effect of dark and off-white hues.
Dramatic as a storm at sea, the stones are like abstract expressionist paintings, full of thrilling excitement.
Each piece inlaid in this cuff is different; wildly and beautifully whirling and gyrating in gorgeously exuberant movement, with darks and lights in irregular patterns.
On top, three chunks of tranquil green gaspeite sit above all the energetic motion, offering a calm place for the eye to rest, and the soothing complementary color.
Notice that the inlay extends to the edges of the piece, so it feels as if the stones are floating atop the sterling silver, without much anchoring them.
Minimalist in design, the exciting stones are all the ornamentation needed.
Contemporary, but using traditional techniques, this bracelet brings the past – and the geologic past – into this century with dazzling style and effect.
A statement piece that will surely become a cherished heirloom, even a museum piece, in the future.
For now, it is a wearable work of art.