Lyle is a devoted family man, an activist for the legal protection of Native jewelry – and a very well-respected, well-known jeweler, as well!
He learned from his father, one of a family of noted silversmiths, and is a master of chisel work and hand-stamping.
Lyle designs his own stamps works the silver in the old way and calls his style a blend of the old and the new.
This precisely fabricated cuff is a lovely example.
The stamping is so deep, that marks are visible on the interior.
Shaped into a peak, each side is hand stamped with a different pattern.
On one side, there is a continuous wavy line, referring to flowing water.
On the other side, there is a row of small diamond shapes, referring, most likely, to mountains, rocky outcrops, and the land.
Across the top, like the ridgepole of a roof, the silver is chiseled into a row of rounded square “teeth”.
The ends of the narrow cuff are flattened, and deeply hand stamped with traditional designs.
Delicate in appearance, this is narrow bracelet is nicely sturdy, with an intriguing collection of designs.
Meticulously fabricated, entirely by hand, it looks wonderful on its own and will stack with other cuffs, as well.