In 2014 Darryl Becenti began experimenting with the use of appliquées as a distinct method to decorate his bracelets while invoking symmetrical patterns and adding a new element of texture to his silversmithing. While he had achieved renown many years earlier for his superior stampwork, his new use of appliquées introduced bas-relief compositions as constituent elements of decoration which rivaled his stampwork in decorative importance. While formerly his focus had been on incising stamped motifs into the cuff and darkening them with an oxidative agent, now he added small decorative cut-out pieces which rose above the surface of the cuff and were well polished. To a greater or lesser degree, this new aspect of decoration is now present in nearly all of his bracelets. Because this bas-relief work is particularly labor-intensive and time-consuming, when it dominates his pieces, it adds to their price.
This wide cuff illustrates the perfect symmetry that Darryl can achieve in marrying the texture of his cut-out appliquées with his deep, precise stampwork. At the center, he set a round of high-grade Mediterranean red coral.
Hallmarked D. Becenti over an arrow in flight and stamped Sterling inside.
Red Coral: 7/32" (5 mm.) diameter
Width of cuff: 2"
Terminal to terminal: 5 1/2"
Gap: 1 1/4"
Total inside circumference (including gap): 6 3/4"