Zig-Zag Butterfly Cuff
This third-generation jeweler’s artistic roots must go back beyond his grandparents; “platero” is the Spanish word for silversmith, and probably was given to an ancestor in another century.
Well-known for hollowware – bowls, salad servers, etc – he creates finely made pieces whatever the genre, as seen in this beautiful bracelet.
Meticulously formed, this simple ,and dramatic, zig zag shape looks modern, even contemporary.
The inspiration, however, is traditional: a graceful evocation of lightning, the precursor of rain, and therefore a good luck omen.
Triangulated in form, the sides are textured, and left unpolished.
A slender line of polished silver streaks across the ridge of the cuff, gleaming like a full moon.
Even more – and exquisitely – traditional, is the superbly fashioned silver butterfly that dangles from the cuff.
Butterflies and water lead to pollination of plants; abundant harvests result, along with happy, healthy and prosperous people.
This dainty (but solid) butterfly is flawless, and completely cut out, so it is just as beautiful from any side.
An unexpected, but splendid combination of angular and simple form, with a detailed, decorative accent.
Modern tradition? Traditional modern? Call it whatever you like; it will look and feel wonderful on your wrist.