A masterwork, by the best jeweler you never heard of: a shy silversmith, who entered his first (and last!) show – the prestigious Heard Museum Show in Phoenix – and won Best of Jewelry Division right off the bat! His passion is sculpting in precious metals, so his jewelry pieces are usually miniature sculptures. Here, he has combined Navajo tradition and his own artistic gifts into one magnificent bracelet.
The inspiration for this museum-worthy bracelet is the traditional Navajo ceremonial basket that is made for, and used at, weddings, as well as other rites. Created from sterling silver, instead of reeds and plants, the stepped designs are chiseled to resemble the braided rows of a real basket. The ears of corn are symbols of happiness, good health and prosperity; there are two, to represent the bride and groom.
Every exquisite detail is hand-fabricated. Every kernel on each corn, every stepped element, every graceful, cut-out curled designs on the sides ( which represent the leaves of a corn plant), the heart-shape in the center, formed by the leafy husks of the two corn ears – every single element was created separately by the non-too-slender fingers of the artist. The delicacy and precision of his work is amazing, and matched by few other jewelers.
Like the fabled metal artists of the Renaissance, Alvin Vandever is inspired and skilled enough to create little masterpieces that will last for centuries. Someone with taste to match this exceptional piece, will enjoy it every day, for years to come.