This artist has been called “a master of mosaic, channel inlay and stampwork. He was perhaps the first to do …inlaid ‘storyteller’ (jewelry).”
In this bracelet, he demonstrated his mastery of overlay, inlay, and imaginative design. The meticulous workmanship, colorful stones, and combination of inlay and overlay are notable, as always, but this design is remarkable for its unusual, contemporary arrangement and construction.
The bracelet consists of three, separate rounds of silver: one on each side, and one in the center, which holds the inlay and joins the two side pieces. Since it is hollow, it is comfortably light on the wrist despite the double layers of silver on each side, and the row of raised stones in the center.
One of the overlay sides is a vignette of Navajo life in the “old days”, with – front and center – cornstalks, symbol of abundance, prosperity and good health. On each end,are two of the four Sacred Mountains of the Navajo.The other, overlaid silver side has gleaming rug pattern designs on a heavily textured background which has not been darkened, so the contrast is more subtle. In the center, the multi-colored stones are inlaid on their edge: natural red coral, sugilite, turquoise, lapis, jet, and gaspeite arch above the edge of the silver like a rainbow.
This bracelet is outstanding in concept, construction, workmanship, materials, and design – the artist even thought of having the lucky wearer enjoy the top view of the bracelet, while others admire one or both of the silver designs! It stands 3/4″ high, and is one of the very last pieces we have, by this fine jeweler, who, sadly, joined those who are no longer with us.
Sterling Silver, Inlaid Sugilite, Turquoise, Coral, Jet, Gaspeite, Lapis
5.875,1.25,1 Total Size: 5 7/8″ Cuff Size: 4 5/8″ Gap Size: 1 1/4″ Width: 1″