Recognized as a young (35) master of the old technique of tufa casting, this elegantly simple bracelet is a fine example of this major artist’s skill and talent. He has made a thoroughly contemporary version of the traditional Navajo bracelet by playing with proportion – the width of the cuff and the stone are nearly the same – and emphasizing the grainy texture of the tufa (naturally compressed sand) as the primary decoration.
The dramatic size, shape and color of the fascinating jasper add drama to the design. This piece is refined, meticulous in workmanship, and distinctive; it is easy to see why Darryl is considered a major talent, who has, incidentally, already won the most prestigious award in indian art – Best in Show at Santa Fe Indian Market.
This bracelet is a stunning example of the new look of Native jewelry.