One of the most high-profile artists in a large and respected family of jewelers, Jolene has literally carved her own niche.
Her late father, Ben Eustace, was famous for his carved turquoise leaves in the 1970s; she continues the tradition in her personal, award-winning way.
Her carved natural turquoise stones are generally more abstract, as seen here. They are set in hand-wrought sterling silver, but darkened and textured, with a granular look.
This bracelet is remarkable even for Jolene. The hand-hammered and ergonomically shaped silver cuff is solid, not boxed, so it is very substantial.
At each end, a small, flat circle of 18-karat gold adds a subtle touch of warmth and glimmer.
Set atop the hammered, darkened, and then buffed, cuff, are three carved, natural turquoise leaf – or feather – forms.
This bracelet enjoys the rugged, almost medieval look that is recognizable as Jolene’s style, with a subtle, contemporary asymmetry – also her style.
The stones all match, from the same batch of natural turquoise, but with variation in their carved shapes.
The stones’ dramatic size, and the wonderful contrast between their smooth surfaces and the craggy silver, lend this remarkable bracelet a singular allure.
Completely hand fabricated, this is a stunning bracelet.
With the heavy texture and antiqued look of the silver, and the simplified forms of the turquoise, there is a grand presence to the piece.
This is something a medieval princess might have worn proudly, and you can too!
Jolene’s distinctive work has been recognized with many prizes and museum shows. You will attract many fascinated compliments wearing this unusually beautiful and dramatic bracelet.