On the Navajo land, spectacular canyons – some accessible, others hidden and hard to find – often contain drawings by long-ago Navajo ancestors, etched onto cliff walls and in caves.
Kee Yazzie has long been celebrated for his beautiful designs featuring these ancient petroglyph symbols.
With hundreds of small, precise cuts of a jewelry saw, his miniature reproductions of the petroglyphs transform rock art into wearable art, as seen on this splendid bracelet.
Narrow enough to stack with others, but exquisite enough to stand out on its own, the cuff is deeply chiseled into a host of precisely regular lines.
These zig-zags give the design animation and energy, providing a handsome background for the gold petroglyph symbols applied over them.
The hand of blessing and protection, cross-forms indicating that these blessings should extend to the four corners of the earth, a mountain resembling Mt. Taylor, one of the sacred mountains of the Navajo, and arrows that point toward the wearer, recipient of the blessings, gleam in warm contrast to the silver.
Glittering, glossy gold is a subtle, but dramatic, contrast to the corrugated silver lines, and the darkened background silver.
Wear this chic beauty every day, if you like, it will enhance everything you wear.