A seriously substantial bracelet by this accomplished jeweler, who enjoys creating his own interpretations of traditional styles. Here, elaborate silver work surrounds a fabulous stone, all working together to form a significant bracelet.
The fine natural turquoise, from Nevada’s Royston mine, exhibits its characteristic mellow green and toasty brown matrix in an imposingly large and graceful oval. A twisted silver rope frames the simple bezel and is in turn embraced by a semicircle of tiny silver domes on either side. Plump, curving, repousse elements flank the stone, with little fluted half beads between each pair. A fan of fluted, abstract feathers extends back from each gleaming pair of repousse squiggles (technical term). Hand stamped designs, delicate as lace, surround the silver work on each side of the stone and continue toward the ends of the cuff.
The cuff itself is fashioned in a traditional 3-bar form, so that there are open spaces, rather than one solid plane of silver. There is space – and air – between the three flat straps at the center The stone and the flanking elements were fabricated separately, and then soldered onto the cuff. Despite the rather grand, majestic look of the bracelet, it is comfortable to wear, thanks to the clever method of its construction. Superior silver work, matching the dramatic and splendid turquoise in quality, and thoughtful consideration of the bracelet’s wearability too – a true artistic achievement.