This handsomely dramatic design refers to the traditional kiva step, or rain design, and also patterns seen in Navajo rugs. The gifted artist, alas, didn’t sign them so we can’t remember who he was!
Sunny orange spiny oyster shell pairs with soft sky-blue turquoise to form a gently vivid, very pleasing combination. The play of diagonal lines in the silver is repeated in the inlay pattern, including separations of inlaid jet, so the quietly vibrant stones develop a bit of exciting motion.
The overlay silver rain signs are stamped with a design of vee-forms, adding diagonals to diagonals to diagonals. The polished top layer of silver gleams against the darkened and densely textured bottom, like sunlit rain against storm-dark clouds.
Expertly made, dramatically designed, and beautifully wearable, these are flattering to all.