This outstanding cuff bracelet of sterling silver and lapis was designed by Mitchell Sockyma, well known Hopi artist. The 1 ½" wide bracelet features the traditional Hopi overlay process. This is when two layers of silver are fused together and the design is carved in the top layer revealing space which oxidizes and becomes dark thereby highlighting the patterns. The rich blue lapis stone is the central feature and measures 1" by ½". It is surrounded by Hopi designs such as corn stalks, feathers and the kokopelli figure. Notice the stair step pattern carved on the outer edges of the cuff, adding even more interest to this dramatic piece! The bracelet is a substantial 83.7 grams and is 7" all around including the 1 ¼" opening.
As a member of the Corn Clan, the use of corn stalks and other traditional Hopi symbols is very important to Mitchell Sockyma's work. He frequently combines several design elements in one piece as you can see here. His signature is seen on the inside, as a turtle and the initials MS.