Devoted family man, activist for the legal protection of Native jewelry – and a very well-respected, well-known jeweler – Lyle learned from his father, one of a family of noted silversmiths.
Lyle is a master of chisel work and hand-stamping, using stamps he designs and makes himself.
He works the silver in the old way and calls his style a blend of the old and the new.
This cuff is notable in several ways: it is impressively wide; has an unusual and beautiful design; has exquisite stamping and fabrication.
A constellation of tiny, star-shaped motifs glisten and twinkle within diamond-shaped silver borders. They cover the entire surface of the cuff, except for classic “eyelash” stamps, at the ends.
The effect of this all-over pattern is of a sumptuous fabric or the heavily decorated ceiling of a palace.
Another unusual detail is the double border on side of the bracelet, only.
Navajo culture favors symmetry and balance; this one-sided border is elegantly chiseled but definitely uncommon.
All the workmanship is breathtaking in its precision and the delicacy of the unique design.
Outstanding in every aspect, this is a splendid bracelet.
Note that the shape of the cuff is quite round; if you have a flat wrist, it will seem too large.
It might be possible to close the gap a bit, to have it fit more closely. If you have a round wrist, it will probably feel just right.