A young master of the traditional Zuni technique of needlepoint inlay.
The design of this gorgeous bracelet harks back a century, but the amazingly regular workmanship is very much of today.
Each tapered sliver of turquoise is individually cut, polished and set.
The term “needlepoint” comes from their resemblance to single stitches in a fabric.
The workmanship is flawless, and the effect is both delicate and dramatic. The design is equally outstanding.
It isn’t apparent at first glance, but the whole bracelet is a subtle composition of ovals.
The center stone is an elongated oval, the form of the central rosette itself is an oval, and each tiny “stitch” is tapered slightly at each end.
This continuity of forms gives the bracelet a beautiful harmony that adds to the appeal of the design and technique.
As delicate as flower petals in looks, but as strong as the trunk of a tree, in construction, this hand-fabricated bracelet is a splendid evocation of Zuni tradition.
Here, tradition joins with sensitive artistry, and the skill of this moment in time.
The lovely color of the turquoise will brighten gray days, and reflect the delight of sunny ones.
A joy to wear in any weather, with any choice of clothing.