With a jet black background, dark as the night sky, the other inlaid elements – stars, celestial objects, and ceremonial figures – really stand out.
The colored stones are vibrant and varied, in vivid contrast.
Polished sterling makes a glistening frame for the inlay, and is repeated, in small accents, within the inlaid designs.
Luminous mother of pearl is present throughout, adding moonstruck luster to the tiny areas of red coral, turquoise, lapis, sugilite, and gaspeite.
Inlaid Ye’i headdresses are featured. Ye’i’s are spiritual figures who link humans and the heavenly spirits.
The symmetrical design symbolizes the balance that Navajo consider ideal.
Notice that one end of the tapered cuff is inlaid with iridescent, snowy mother of pearl, while the other end is inlaid with sandy-hued and-textured agate.
The heavens are represented by the lunar mother of pearl, while the tan agate symbolizes the earth.
Similarly, narrow and tapered stripes of coral, turquoise and mother of pearl divide the cuff at the center.
One side is the earth, the other the sky.
Tiny silver stars, and silver-framed planets, float in the dark depths of the night sky.
Inlaid motifs, and the silver work, are both precise, distinct, and brilliant.
A beautiful example of this artist’s renowned skill with inlay, in a delicate and dainty scale.