Matthew Charley is a Navajo silversmith who often works in the needlepoint technique common to Zuni Pueblo of New Mexico. Needlepoint jewelry is set with small round stones of turquoise, coral or shell in a perfectly symmetrical design. A silversmith must be quite exacting to achieve the perfect symmetry necessary, for the eye easily discerns the smallest imbalance to the design.
Once again Matthew Charley offers up a bracelet made with ten-gauge Sterling. Ten-gauge sheet silver is the thickest silver we ever see used in bracelets and, therefore, its heft and solid feeling of construction is unrivaled. This is a contemporary visual rendering of the meeting of sky and earth. Note that this is a series of interlocking peaks which merge with the sky within the diamonds which form the equatorial center of this cuff. This isn't simply a series of deep grooves; it's a cosmological representation. These diamonds symbolize what are sometimes referred to as "holes in the sky." Superbly rendered and wholly compelling as a contemporary design even if ignoring the design's origin.
Hallmarked Matthew Charley in script inside and stamped Sterling.
Width of cuff: 15/16"
Terminal to terminal: 5 5/8"
Total inside circumference (including gap): 6 5/8"
Weight: 109 grams