He is a member of the aptly named Platero family, from a Navajo enclave near Albuquerque (“Platero” means silverworker in Spanish).
This three-stone, two bar bracelet is a classic Navajo form, but the stones and the careful silverwork are definitely of today.
Instead of turquoise, the stones are beautifully figured Wild Horse magnesite, a stone that shows a dramatic matrix of brown chert in white – reminiscent of a pinto pony, and White Buffalo “turquoise”. Leonard, who cuts all of his own stones, used both the Wild Horse magnesite and the White Buffalo turquoise, with the center cabochon being half of each. To balance the cuff, a single Wild Horse cab is gracefully displayed on one side, and a single White Buffalo cab on the other.
They are not turquoise, but very handsome in their own right.
These marvelously mottled stones are set in silver bezels, surrounded by a silver rope frame.
The ends of both silver bars are hand stamped – a nice touch.
Leonard collaborates with his wife, Racquel, and the stamp used on this piece is hers: R L H: Racquel, Leonard and Hurley, her last name.
Clean workmanship, with gleaming silver against the uncommon stones.
Especially suited to complement the warm hues of autumn and winter, or contrast with blues, turquoise, and other cool shades, these intriguing stones will be an attention magnet.