Allison Lee, also known as Snowhawk, a name given to him by his grandmother, is a consistently prize-winning jeweler, who produces finely detailed, well-designed and meticulously fabricated work. He does Santa Fe Indian Market and other local shows, and prefers his pieces to speak for him. This bracelet shouts “Quality!” in both execution and design.
The combination of repetitive hand stamping, that looks too perfect to be real, and a graceful oval that is repousse – pushed out from the back – results in a beautifully serene design. Traditional stamped motifs decorate each side of the the central oval, but the whole design is so elegantly proportioned and composed that the piece has a modern look to it, as well.
Keep in mind that each little squiggle on the edges, and bordering the center oval, is an individual stamp that was not only hand executed, one by one, but also hand made. The stamps artists use in their jewelry are carved into iron, usually. Some jewelers treasure stamps made by their grandfathers, others make their own, as well. Needless to say, the art of stamp work is especially exacting; try cutting through a chicken in one clean blow, and then imagine doing that over and over, perfectly, on rigid silver.
So, beautifully simple as this bracelet appears, it is the result of artistic restraint and incredibly confident workmanship. It will look wonderful anywhere in the world, with any type of outfit, on whomever it fits – lucky man or happy woman.