A classic Navajo design, this striking cuff is most unusual because of the stones used.
Instead of turquoise, the artist (whose name means “silversmith” in Spanish!) has lined up seven elegantly elongated ovals of Wild Horse stones, which he cut himself.
Also known as Crazy Horse Stone or Appaloosa Stone, it a mixture of magnesite and hematite and found in the Gila Wilderness Area of southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona.
With its palette of browns and cream, it somewhat resembles a spotted brown and white pinto horse – hence the name.
This warm and earthy neutral coloration is hard to find and very welcome for its affinity with tweeds, natural and neutral knits, and everything in the warm autumnal shades. Like redheads, blondes and chestnut brown, for example!
Each stone has its own pattern; harmony is achieved by the uniform sizes, shapes, and bars colors.
The proportion of the stones and the openness of the design create a graceful and elegantly light look.
Each stone is set in it twisted rope bezel of silver, and bridges the two, narrow, rounded bars.
The high polish on the silver makes the piece sparkle and is a lively contrast to the subtle blush of the stones.
Wonderfully different, and masterfully fabricated by hand, this wild horse is a wild card – it goes with everything, beautifully.
PS The mark honors Leonard’s wife, who polished the piece, with her initials: RH. The L is for Leonard: R L H. The artist chose this as his stamp so as not to be confused with his silversmith father, Leonard Platero Sr.