With a jet black background, dark as the night sky, the other inlaid elements – stars, celestial objects, and a ceremonial figure- really stand out.
The colored stones, although small in size, are vibrant and varied, and contrast vividly with the space-dark background.
Polished sterling makes a glistening frame for the inlay, and is repeated, in small accents, within the inlaid designs.
Luminous mother of pearl, in the face and feathers of the Yei’i, adds moonstruck luster to the tiny areas of red coral, turquoise, lapis, sugilite, and sandy-hued agate.
An inlaid Ye’i is featured featured. Ye’i’s are spiritual figures who link humans and the heavenly spirits.
The tapered design conforms perfectly to the form of the silver setting.
The heavens are represented by a turquoise moon and silver stars and planets, while the tan agate symbolizes the earth.
The same yin/yang of color is seen in the figure: lapis, sugilite and turquoise for the sky and water; red coral and the agate for the earth.
Tiny silver stars, and silver-framed planets, float in the dark depths of the night sky.
The inlaid motifs, and the silver work, are precise, distinct, and brilliant.
A beautiful example of this artist’s renowned skill with inlay, in a delicate and elegant shape.