Like his well-known family of prize-winning jewelers, Mark uses time-tried materials and symbols, in entirely handmade work. Starting from a realistic concept, he abstracts the imagery, turning tradition into contemporary, as in this handsome bracelet.
The bracelet is tufa cast. Against a darkened silver background he has shown polished silver elements depicting a vignette of traditional Navajo life: a field of corn, a hogan, clouds, and desert plants. The cornstalks are delicately “drawn”, and the hogan and other elements are recognizable. Unlike other depictions of similar designs, however, these are almost like sketches; fluid and suggestive, rather than fully detailed.
Their off-center placement also creates a contemporary feel, with large areas of space between each element.The highly polished border is a glittering contrast to the darkened and textured background. With dark and bright, this is almost a black and white palette – very classic, very chic.
Wear this contemporary bracelet alone, or stack it with others; it will shine in every way.